Outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed two local attorneys to judgeship positions in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Clovis resident Rosemary T. McGuire was appointed to a judgeship on the Fresno County Superior Court. A 58-year-old Republican, McGuire has a long career as an attorney.
She has been a partner for Weakley, Arendt and McGuire since 2009. Before that, she was a partner for Weakley, Ratliff, Arendt and McGuire from 2001 to 2008.
McGuire was an attorney for Weakley and Ratliff from 1997 to 2000 and worked for Eldridge, Anderson and Weakley as an attorney from 1994 to 1996. She earned a juris doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law.
Her judge position was created by the conversion of a court commissioner position in October.
Schwarzenegger also appointed Oakhurst attorney Dale J. Blea to a judgeship on the Madera County Superior Court.
Blea, a 50-year-old Republican, has been a partner for Arnold and Blea since 2009. Previously, he was an attorney for Mount and Blea from 2005 to 2009 and an associate, then partner, for Jamison, Chappel and Blea from 1998 to 2005. Blea was a sole practitioner from 1997 to 1998.
He also served as a deputy district attorney for the Madera County District Attorney's Office from 1996 to 1997 and an associate for Linn, Lindley and Blate from 1993 to 1996.
He earned a juris doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and a bachelor of science in law from Western State University.
Blea fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Jennifer R. Detjen to a justice in the 5th District Court of Appeal.