Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday the appointment of Sonia Cortés to a judgeship in the Yolo Superior Court, making her the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Yolo bench.
The 43-year-old Cortés, of Woodland, has been a senior deputy county counsel at the Yolo County Counsel’s Office since 2007. She also served in that office as a deputy county counsel.
She fills a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position in January.
Cortés’ law career includes working as managing attorney at the International Institute of the East Bay in 2002 and coordinating immigration attorney at La Raza Centro Legal from 2001 to 2002. She was also attorney at Legal Aid of the North Bay from 1997 to 1999.
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She earned a law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis.
Cortés will be paid $184,610.