News release

The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo is pleased to announce Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Stephen M. Place as Inyo County Superior Court judge.

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Stephen Place

Stephen M. Place of Bishop has been appointed to fill the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dean T. Stout.

“I have been lucky in my years as an attorney to have practiced in Judge Dean Stout’s courtroom, and I hope to carry on his example of outstanding leadership and humanity – I will miss him greatly,” stated Place.

Place has been a sole practitioner since 2013. He was a partner at Hardy and Place from 2006 to 2013 and at Place and Christensen from 2004 to 2006. Place was a sole practitioner from 2002 to 2004 and an associate at the Law Office of Peter E. Tracy from 1996 to 2001. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College.

I feel honored to have received the support I did from the community. It has been a blessing to live in this community since 1996, and I look forward to this opportunity to serve as judge. I am excited to join Judge Brian Lamb, and to work with Pam Foster and all court staff, to make the Inyo County Superior Court the best it can be,” Place commented on his appointment.

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