SONORA — Sonora attorney Kate Powell Segerstrom will take a seat on the Tuolumne County Superior Court, after her appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor also has appointed Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Córdova to the California Commission on Access to Justice.
Segerstrom, 58, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Eric L. DuTemple.
She has had a solo private practice since 2000 and worked from 1984 to 2000 for the Stockton-based firm of Steinheimer Riggio Haydel Mordaunt and Kelly, in positions that included shareholder, associate and law clerk.
Segerstrom has served on the Sonora Union High School District board, among other civic work.
She earned a degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific and a bachelors degree from Stanford University.
She is the second Segerstrom on the four-judge bench. Judge Donald Segerstrom is a cousin of her husband, Charles.
The new judge, a Democrat, will have an annual salary of $181,292.
Córdova, 59, of Modesto has served as a judge on the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 2003. He served in multiple positions in the county public defenders office from 1995 to 2003, including chief deputy public defender and deputy public defender.
Córdova was a staff attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. from 1979 to 1995. He is an officer at the Wray Ladine American Inn of Court and a member of the Stanislaus County Superior Court executive committee, the California Latino Judges Association and the California Judges Association.
Córdova earned a juris doctor degree from the University of California at Davis School of Law. His commission position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Córdova is a Democrat.