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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced that it has named Anne E. Simon as Chief Administrative Law Judge, effective April 12, 2018.

"I am very happy to welcome Anne to the position of Chief Administrative Law Judge," said CPUC President Michael Picker.  "She has a steady and strong leadership style, and brings a wealth of experience to the Administrative Law Judge Division."

"The CPUC's Administrative Law Judge Division is dedicated to serving the people of California, and I thank the Commissioners for the opportunity to lead the many professionals in the Division," said Ms. Simon.

Since August 2017, Ms. Simon has served as Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge. Prior, she was an Administrative Law Judge at the CPUC since 2002, presiding over cases in all industries of the CPUC's work.  Prior to joining the CPUC, she worked with community groups on environmental justice issues as a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment, and at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was Director of the affiliated Environmental Law Community Clinic.  Before moving to California, Ms. Simon was Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  As an attorney, Ms. Simon practiced civil rights, women's rights, and international human rights law on the East Coast, as a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and at the NOW Legal Defense Fund, both in New York.  She began her career at the New Haven Law Collective, with a community based practice of family law, consumer law, and civil rights. Ms. Simon graduated from Harvard University and Yale Law School. 

The CPUC's Chief Administrative Law Judge directs the Administrative Law Judge Division consistent with the law. The Administrative Law Judge Division processes formal filings, facilitates alternative dispute resolution, conducts hearings, develops an adequate administrative record, prepares timely proposals for Commissioner consideration, and prepares and coordinates CPUC Voting Meeting agendas.

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