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Judge Harlan To Retire

Judge Harlan To Retire

Amador County Superior Court Judge Susan Harlan has announced she plans to retire from the bench early next year.  In a letter Friday to Court staff, Harlan says she has sent a letter to Governor Brown advising him she plans to retire on January 16, 2015.  Harlan writes, “This has been a difficult decision for me” and that, “It has been my honor and privilege to work with all of you over the past several years.”  Judge Harlan graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1974.  She obtained her law degree from LincolnLawSchool in 1979 and completed her Master’s Degree in Business and Taxation from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1986.  She later was in private practice with offices in Sutter Creek and Sacramento.  As far as a replacement, Harlan makes no mention of a successor in her letter, only that Judge Steve Hermanson will soon be assuming the job of Presiding Judge over the courts.  Judge Harlan was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991.  She was elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010.  She began serving her fourth term in January, 2011.  

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