Yuba City, Ca.
Laura J. Davis, 44, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to a judgeship in the Sutter County Superior Court. Davis will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Brian A. Aronson on December 31, 2018.
Davis has served as the Sutter County Court’s sole research attorney since 2005. In this position, she has provided legal research, analysis, writing, and assistance across all case types to the court’s five sitting judges, as well as retired judges Robert Damron, H. Ted Hansen, and Christopher R. Chandler. Since 2007, as a Judge Pro Tem, she has regularly presided over Traffic Infraction cases, and Civil matters as requested. Davis is responsible for drafting and publishing the court’s local rules, maintaining the court’s legal research materials, and providing legal counsel to the Court Executive Officer. She served on the new courthouse committee, was instrumental in implementing the court’s paperless case management system and electronic filing processes, and works closely with the Judicial Council on labor issues. Prior to joining the court, Davis was a litigation associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP from 2003-2005, and at Folger Levin & Kahn LLP from 2001-2003. She also taught Advanced Legal Research and Writing at Cal Northern School of Law in 2015 and 2016.
Davis grew up in Oroville, California, where she performed in community theatre, competed in gymnastics and speech contests, and sang in the choir at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She worked at her parents’ small party rental business while attending Oroville High School, and put herself through college at University of California, San Diego, by working as a nanny, in food service, and as a children’s theatre program leader. After graduating with degrees in Communication and Theatre, she worked as the program manager at the Fox television affiliate in Chico for two years. In 2001, she received her law degree from Stanford Law School.
Davis has volunteered at the Butte Humane Society, the Bidwell Park and Chico Creek Clean Up event, the Almond Bowl Run benefitting student athletes, and Chico High School Sober Grad Night. She has been involved with youth sports in Chico, and helped chair the Chico High Baseball Dinner and Dance fundraiser for four years. Davis is a single mother of two boys. Evan, 16, is a junior at Chico High School, and Houston, 18, attends Butte College.
Davis’s start date has not been determined.