Nov. 6, 2018: Stuart R. Pollak was appointed as the Presiding Judge of the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Four, by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, October 26, 2018. Pollak, 81, San Francisco Democrat, was most recently an Associate Judge for the First District Division Three office since 2002. He was previously a Judge at the San Francisco County Superior Court from 1982 to 2002, and he held several positions at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady and Pollak from 1965 to 1982, including partner and associate. He was an Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1963 to 1966, and he worked as a Law Clerk for Judge Earl Warren, Judge Stanley Reed and Judge Harold Burton at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962 and 1963. Pollak received his law degree from the Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. In his new position, he fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Presiding Judge Ignazio J. Ruvolo.