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Three Valley Women Named Superior Court Judges



Three Valley women, all Democrats, are becoming Superior Court judges. (GV Wire Composite/Jahz Tello)
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Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed three women to judgeships in Kings, Merced, and Tulare counties, respectively, on Monday.

Melissa R. D’Morias, 36, of Hanford, was named to a new judgeship on the Kings County Superior Court bench.

D’Morias has been Kings County’s deputy district attorney since 2013. Before that, she was an attorney for Fresno Child Advocates from 2011 to 2013. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School. D’Morias is a Democrat.

Jamieson Is Newest Merced County Judge

Stephanie L. Jamieson, 37, of Patterson, was appointed as a judge in the Merced County Superior Court.

She has been a deputy public defender in the county since 2013 and was a sole practitioner in 2011-12. Jamieson earned a Master of Laws degree from California Western School of Law and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. She also is filling a new judgeship. Jamieson is a Democrat.

Hanna Succeeds Montejano on Tulare County Bench

Sylvia J. Hanna, 44, of Tulare, was appointed as a judge on the Tulare County Superior Court bench to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kathryn T. Montejano.

Hanna has served as Tulare County’s chief deputy public defender since 2019. She previously held other positions in the Public Defender’s Office, including senior attorney and supervising attorney. Hanna earned a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School. She is a Democrat.

Each of the judgeships pays $223,829 a year.

Other judicial appointments announced Monday are at this link.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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