Deborah A. Ryan J.D. ’77 was appointed to judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Ryan, 57, of San Jose, has been a court commissioner for the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 1999. Previously, she served as senior assistant counsel for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority from 1995 to 1999, and as deputy county counsel for Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office from 1989 to 1994 and from 1987 to 1988. She was the project coordinator for the Comprehensive Adjudication of Drug Arrestees program for the Santa Clara County Executive Office from 1988 to 1989. Prior to that, Ryan was a deputy public defender for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office from 1978 to 1987. She earned a J.D. from Santa Clara Law and a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Davis.