Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Fresno Superior Court Judge Kathleen Meehan as associate justice of the 5th District Court of Appeal on Friday.
Meehan takes the place of Justice Dennis Cornell, who is retiring. The position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
Prior to becoming a judge, Meehan served as a commissioner of the Fresno Superior Court and as a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice. She has more than 30 years of legal experience.
Meehan is a Democrat.