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Governor appoints two to judgeships in Fresno and Tulare counties

From left, Monica Diaz and Robin Wolfe are among 34 Superior Court judges appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Diaz and Wolfe will serve in Fresno and Tulare counties.
From left, Monica Diaz and Robin Wolfe are among 34 Superior Court judges appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Diaz and Wolfe will serve in Fresno and Tulare counties.

Monica R. Diaz, 46, a longtime attorney in the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, has been appointed to a judgeship at the Fresno County Superior Court, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday.

Diaz has served as a chief deputy district attorney at the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office since 2015 and was a deputy district attorney from 2000 to 2015. She prosecuted a wide array of cases including domestic violence and homicides, the District Attorney’s Office said. She is currently chief of the misdemeanor unit, supervising a team of 12 attorneys.

Previously, she served as a deputy public defender at the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office from 1999 to 2000 and was an associate at John A. Barker and Associates in 1999.

Diaz earned a Juris Doctor degree from San Joaquin College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Kathleen A. Meehan to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. Diaz is a Democrat and a Visalia resident.

In Tulare County, Robin L. Wolfe, 48, also of Visalia, has been appointed to a judgeship at the Tulare County Superior Court.

She has been a deputy district attorney at the Kern County District Attorney’s Office since 2005. Previously, she was a deputy public defender at the Tulare County Public Defender’s Office from 1995 to 2005.

Wolfe earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno. She fills the vacancy created by the removal from office of Judge Valeriano Saucedo. Wolfe is a Democrat.

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