Acting Santa Clara County Counsel Lori Pegg and University of California lawyer Sunil Kulkarni will be Silicon Valley's newest superior court judges.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday named Pegg, 52, and Kulkarni, 41, to two vacancies on the 79-member Santa Clara County Superior Court bench. They replace retiring judges Marc Poche and Kenneth Shapero.

Kulkarni is thought to be the first South Asian state court judge in the Bay Area, according to the South Asian Bar Association.

Pegg has headed the county counsel's office this past year, replacing Miguel Marquez, who was named last year to a state appeals court in San Jose. She has been a county lawyer since 2001 and previously specialized in employment law for a number of local law firms. The San Jose resident received her law degree from Santa Clara University.

Kulkarni, who lives in Palo Alto, has been senior counsel for the UC system for the past two years, previously working as a partner in the large San Francisco law firm Morrison & Foerster. He received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Brown on Thursday also named Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie McIntyre Panetta, Leon Panetta's daughter-in-law, to the Monterey County bench.

Superior Court judges earn $178,000 per year.

Howard Mintz covers legal affairs. Contact him at 408-286-0236. Follow him at Twitter.com/hmintz.



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