Joanne Motoike Appointed to Orange County Superior Court

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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 29 announced the appointment of Joanne Motoike and  Sheri L. Honer to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court.

Motoike, 45, of Long Beach has served as a senior deputy public defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office since 2008. She was a trial attorney at the United Nations Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2006 to 2008 and a deputy public defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 1994 to 2006.

Motoike earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Irvine. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Nancy A. Pollard. Motoike is a Democrat.

Honer, 52, of Santa Ana has been of counsel at Frank P. Barbaro and Associates since 2013, where she was a senior associate and trial attorney from 2011 to 2013. She was a senior legal research attorney and coordinating attorney at the Superior Court of California, Orange County (2004-2011); a deputy district attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (2010); an associate litigation attorney and supervisor at Horton Barbaro and Reilly (2003-2004); sole practitioner at the Law Office of Sherri L. Honer (2000-2003); a panel attorney at Appellate Defenders Inc. (2000-2002); an associate attorney at Callahan McCune and Willis LLP (1998-2000); a district attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (1997-1998); and an associate attorney at Callahan McCune and Willis LLP (1996-1997).

She earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Science Laws degree from Western State University, College of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Jan. 1, 2012. Honer is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $178,789.

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