Two Santa Clara Law alumni have been appointed to judgeships by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Stephanie K. Sato JD ’04 has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court. Sato has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2021. She was a Sole Practitioner from 2014 to 2020. Sato was an Associate at the Law Offices of Peter G. Loewenstein from 2011 to 2014 and at Stonehouse & Silva from 2007 to 2011. She was a Contracts Associate at IT Ascent from 2006 to 2007. 

Benjamin D. Galloway JD ’01 has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the Sacramento County Superior Court. Galloway has served as Chief Assistant Federal Defender at the Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California since 2017 and served as an Assistant Federal Defender there from 2007 to 2017. He served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office from 2006 to 2007 and was an Attorney at Topel & Goodman LLP from 2005 to 2006. Galloway served as a Deputy Public Defender at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2005. Read more.