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Bar Court’s Remke to head FPPC

State Bar Court Presiding Judge Joann M. “Jodi” Remke was named last month as the new chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces the state’s government ethics and campaign finance laws.

Remke, 48, has been a judge on the court since 2000 and its presiding judge since 2006. California is the only state in the country with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases.

"I thank the governor for this opportunity to guide and shape discussion and actions to improve and encourage public trust in the process of government," Remke said in a statement issued by the commission. Remke succeeds Ann Ravel, who was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama last June.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of Remke’s appointment last month sparked a flurry of media coverage by The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times, among other news outlets. A date for the transition had not been set as of April 30.

The announcement also prompted State Bar Court officials to reopen its judicial appointment application process, Chief Administrative Officer Colin Wong said. The court will accept applications for a presiding judge and a review judge position through May 12.

The Supreme Court will appoint one review judge and one presiding judge later this year. Each will be based either in Los Angeles or San Francisco. The application and details about the positions are available on the State Bar Court website.