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Tamietti appointed Superior Court judge

Roman Gokhman, Sun news service
Jim ScrippsTruckee attorney Robert Tamietti has been appointed to the bench in the Nevada County Superior Court.
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Truckee attorney Robert L. Tamietti has been appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to a judge opening in the Nevada County Superior Court civil department.

Tamietti, who has roots in Nevada County (his father grew up in Grass Valley), will fill the vacancy created by the recent elevation of Judge M. Kathleen Butz to the 3rd District Court of Appeals.

“The judges and staff of the court welcome Mr. Tamietti to the bench of Nevada County Superior Court and look forward to working with him,” Court Executive Officer Sean Metroka said.

Tamietti, who turned 51 on Wednesday, said Butz encouraged him to apply for the position. He will be sworn in Sunday.

“We are not quite sure when I’ll first sit on the bench,” he said. “It’ will be relatively soon.”

Tamietti has been practicing law in Truckee for 13 years. He was in solo practice representing clients in civil matters. A member of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association and the Nevada County Bar Association, he served as president of the Tahoe Truckee Bar in 1996. He has also served as a temporary judge in small claims matters for the Nevada and Placer county superior courts.

“I grew up as a son of a Methodist minister and always knew community service is something I wanted to do,” he said.

Prior to working in the Sierra Nevada, Tamietti said he practiced in civil matters in San Francisco, Miami and Richmond, Va., among other places. He attended law school at the University of Utah after a realization that “there’s more to life than being a ski bum.

“I went into law relatively late,” he said.

Jim Porter, who heads Porter-Simon, the largest firm in the Lake Tahoe area, said Tamietti has strong courtroom experience and is the right man for the job.

“Bob Tamietti is real smart. He’ll be an excellent judge,” Porter said. “He is filling big shoes (replacing Butz), but he has the skills to do it.”

Tamietti will spend the next few weeks closing his Truckee civil practice, and preparing to attend the judicial college to sharpen his criminal law knowledge.

-The Sierra Sun contributed

to this story.


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