Great Nigerian in the Diaspora: 48 Year-Old Attorney, Bunmi Awoniyi named a Superior Court Judge in the USPosted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 8:25 AM
By Adeola Adeyemo
It’s always wonderful to hear news of Nigerians doing great things in the diaspora. That is why at BellaNaija, we are very proud of Bunmi Awoniyi, a distinguished family and immigration law attorney on her appointment as a Judge in the Sacaramento County Superior Court.
Her appointment was announced by the California State Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Awoniyi brings to the bench 20 years of experience and training across the full spectrum of family law matters. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law from 1997 to 1998, an associate attorney at the Law Office of Steven L. Wessels from 1993 to 1994 and an associate attorney at the Law Office of Brady and Kent from 1992 to 1993. In 1991, she was a law clerk at the Law Office of D. Kapp Nees and a crown prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service in London from 1989 to 1990.
Information on her website states that she completed all her education in the United Kingdom. Awoniyi earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Inns of Court School of Law, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Leicester School of Law and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Essex. She is a certified family law specialist. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Dec. 3, 2011. Awoniyi is a Democrat.
Speaking on her appointment and the journey to achieving it, she said: “I could not be more delighted or excited. It has been a whirlwind 24hours the fruit of a year long arduous interview and screening process and an application that took me the better part of a year to complete. Through all of the many lost hours on the weekends and evenings devoted to this process, to see it come to manifestation is truly marvelous. I am humbled and God is so good! It is a new season.“
She will be paid the sum of $176,789 (over N28 million) per annum for her new position.
She is indeed an inspiration and a pride to Nigeria. Well done Bunmi Awoniyi!