MODESTO — Judge Susan D. Siefkin has retired from the Stanislaus County Superior Court after serving 18 years on the bench. Her retirement took effect Nov. 30, and Siefkin said she will not be working as an on-call judge.
She has no specific retirement plans, but said she and husband Randy Siefkin will spend more time with their son and his family in Denair and their daughter and her family in Portland, Ore. The Siefkins spend a lot of time in Portland, she said. Susan, a 20-year member of the Country Crossroads Quilters of Modesto, will continue her membership, but also has become affiliated with a quilting group there. Likewise, Randy, a co-founder and continuing leader of the Modesto Film Society, has joined a film society in the Oregon city.
Susan Siefkin served on the Parent Resource Center board for 20 years but recently left that position. She said she will remain active in the Modesto Rotary.
Siefkin, 70, was appointed to the Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1995 and was elevated to the Superior Court in 1998 when court consolidation took effect. During her tenure on the court, Siefkin presided over the Drug Court program for five years, inaugurated the first local court for mentally ill offenders and initiated an honor roll program in the Juvenile Hall.
A 1983 graduate of Humphreys College School of Law (now known as Laurence Drivon School of Law), Siefkin was elected to the law schools Hall of Fame in September. She was a partner in the firm of Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios and Ladine at the time of her appointment to the court in 1995. Siefkin also served two terms on the Modesto City Council.
Her seat on the Superior Court will be filled by appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown.