Fresno County gets new Superior Court judge
July 12, 2013
• Francine Zepeda named on Friday
• Has served as assistant federal defender since 1991
Francine Zepeda has been appointed by the governor to a judgeship in the Fresno County Superior Court.
Ms. Zepeda, 59, has been chief of the Fresno Branch of the Office of the Federal Defender since 2010, where she has served as an assistant federal defender since 1991.
She was an assistant public defender at the Fresno County Office of the Public Defender from 1989 to 1990 and served in multiple positions at California Rural Legal Assistance from 1986 to 1990 and 1979 to 1980, including directing attorney and staff attorney.
Ms. Zepeda was a staff attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly from 1983 to 1986, an attorney at the Law Offices of Eduardo Peña from 1981 to 1982 and an analyst for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials from 1980 to 1981.
She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Zepeda fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Rosendo Peña Jr. to the Court of Appeal.
Ms. Zepeda is a Democrat and will be paid $178,789 per year.