ABC News lifts Avila


ABC News promoted correspondent Jim Avila to senior law/justice correspondent for the network while naming Mary Fulginiti as legal correspondent for "Primetime" and "Good Morning America," among platforms.

The network said Avila will lead ABC News' coverage of trials and other legal issues and remain a correspondent for "20/20" and and contribute to "Primetime." He's covered the Michael Jackson trial for ABC and before joining ABC News in 2004 he was national correspondent for "NBC Nightly News" and an investigative reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles.

Fulginiti, a lawyer with 15 years experience, has been an analyst at CNN, MSNBC, Court TV and Fox News. She'll work for "Primetime" plus other platforms including "GMA," the network said. Until she joined the network, she worked at the Jones Day firm and from 1996 to 2000 was an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

She lives in Los Angeles with her family.