Solano judges fete newest colleague

By From page A4 | February 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s newest judge took the oath of office at her Thursday investiture ceremony while surrounded by family members that included her two adult sons.

Christine Carringer was lauded by Presiding Judge E. Bradley Nelson, who has known Carringer since the 1990s. Nelson told an overflow crowd in his courtroom that for the past 10 years Carringer has held two full-time jobs – attorney and single mom.

Carringer, whose oldest son was born while she was in law school, said being a working mom is a big part of her character.

Judge Robert Fracchia praised the county’s newest judge, reminding the crowd that litigation can sometimes be a blood sport and that Carringer was skilled at breaking down barriers to reaching amicable legal resolutions. Fracchia also said he was returning a favor for his longtime friend because she had spoken at his investiture when he was appointed to a judgeship in 2008 while she was serving as president of the Solano County Bar Association.

Carringer’s younger brother described his sister as a military brat – her father was in the Air Force – and recalled their family history that included a grandfather who had been a district attorney for 40 years in rural Pennsylvania. Her brother then presented her with a gavel he crafted from the wood used in one of their grandfather’s many bookshelves.

The ceremony was topped off by Carringer’s sons cloaking their mom with her new black robe.

Carringer, 59, of Fairfield, was appointed to the judgeship in December by Gov. Jerry Brown. She began practicing law in 1987 after earning her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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