Governor Davis Announces Appointments to Sacramento County Superior Court

This page updated October 6, 2004.

SACRAMENTO: Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointments of Shelleyanne W. L. Chang, Michael P. Kenny, and John P. Winn as Judges of the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Ms. Chang, 42, of Sacramento, is the Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Davis. In that capacity, she reviews the work product of other attorneys in the Governor's office, advises the Governor and his staff on legal issues and pending litigation, provides direction to the Attorney General's office on litigation involving the Governor, and reviews and analyzes proposed legislation. Ms. Chang has also been one of the primary attorneys representing the State on Indian gaming issues and was one of four attorneys on the Governor's negotiating team that negotiated and drafted the Tribal-State Gaming Compacts with 61 Indian tribes in 1999.

Before joining the Governor's office in March 1999, Ms. Chang was a Deputy Attorney General from 1993 to 1999. In that capacity, she handled litigation on behalf of the state constitutional officers, state pension systems, and the California Department of General Services. She also served as bond counsel for the California Housing Finance Agency and was a member of the Attorney General's Tobacco Litigation Team. Between 1985 and 1993, Ms. Chang worked in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where she represented the Commissioner of Internal Revenue before the United States Tax Court and United States Bankruptcy Courts in all areas of federal tax law.

In 1997, Ms. Chang received the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Client Representation and Litigation. She has been a member of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento and Milton L. Schwartz Inns of Court. She has also served on the board of the Legal Services of Northern California.

Ms. Chang earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington, and a juris doctorate degree from McGeorge Law School. She will receive a salary of $139,476. Ms. Chang will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Harold Manson.

Mr. Kenny, 48, of Sacramento, has been the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board since 1996. He supervises a staff of over a thousand employees with an annual budget exceeding $100 million. Before attaining his current position, Mr. Kenny practiced law for 16 years. From 1981 to 1983, he worked for the Sacramento law firm of James & Kilpatrick, where he drafted wills and trusts and handled personal injury and business litigation. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Kenny served as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office, where he prosecuted offenses ranging from drunk driving to grand larceny, robbery, rape and child abuse.

Mr. Kenny left the District Attorney's office to work as Enforcement Counsel for the Fair Political Practices Commission, where he monitored compliance and prosecuted violations of the state conflict of interest laws from 1988 to 1990. He then served as General Counsel to the Air Resources Board from 1990 to 1996, where he supervised litigation, advised the Board, and assisted in the development of the agency's policies and regulations. In 1996, he was appointed as the Board's Executive Officer.

Mr. Kenny has served as Chairman of the Carl Moyer Advisory Committee and as a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and U.S. EPA Blue Ribbon Panel on Oxygenates. He has also served on the boards of the State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators and the Western States Air Resources Council.

Mr. Kenny earned a bachelor of arts degree from UCLA, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of San Diego Law School. He will receive a salary of $139,476. Mr. Kenny will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary E. Ransom.

Mr. Winn, 45, of Folsom, has been the Chief Counsel to the Board of Prison Terms since 2000. In that capacity, he manages the Board's Legal Unit and provides legal support and guidance to the chairperson and agency staff on matters relating to parole consideration hearings, parole revocation hearings, mentally disordered offender hearings, and probable cause hearings for sexually violent predators. He also serves as the liaison with the Governor's office and provides direction to the Attorney General in litigation impacting the Board of Prison Terms. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Winn worked as a Senior Staff Counsel in the Department of Corrections, where he provided advice to the Department and represented the Department in judicial and administrative hearings.

He previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento from 1988 to 1990 and in Yolo County from 1990 to 1993. He was in private practice from 1986 to 1990. He has been a member of the California District Attorneys Association and Sacramento County Bar Association.

Mr. Winn earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a juris doctorate degree from Boston College of Law, where he was a Presidential Scholarship recipient. He will receive a salary of $139,476. Mr. Winn will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Morrison England.