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Palvir Kaur Shoker appointed as California county Judge

Indian-origin Democrat served as a Commissioner at the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Attorney Palvir Kaur Shoker at Costa County Superior Court. Image - Contra Costa County Bar Association 

California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 30, 2023, appointed Indian American legal professional Palvir Kaur Shoker to serve as a Judge in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Shoker was appointed along with thirteen other judges by the Governor to the different counties of California. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Theresa J. Canepa, according to the Governor's office release on judicial appointments.

In her previous legal assignment, Shoker served as a commissioner at the Contra Costa County Superior Court since 2021 and as court mediation director for the Congress of Neutrals from 2018 to 2021, the release added.

The Indian-origin Judge was a sole practitioner from 2014 to 2019 and from 2008 to 2013. She was a Partner at Ladva, Shoker and Associates from 2002 to 2007, according to her professional profile.

Santa Clara University School of Law alumnus, Shokee is a professor at Chabot College, Dublin, CA. She also trains and mentors new mediators with The Congress of Neutrals, her profile added.

"Fluent in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu, Shoker has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia, which allows her to understand, appreciate and address the nuances of culture, gender and/or nationality which can become critical in bringing a complex case to a successful resolution," a statement said.