SACRAMENTO Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment Commissioner Patricia Garcia, as Judge of the San Diego County Superior Court.
Commissioner Garcia, 42, of San Diego, has been presiding over child support cases since her appointment as a Superior Court Commissioner in 2000. Before becoming a Commissioner, she practiced family law with the San Diego firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek from 1993 to 2000 and Barry & Pike from 1989 to 1993. She also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the San Diego Superior Court, Family Law Division, from 1997 to 2000, and as a volunteer arbitrator for the San Diego County Bar Association Arbitration Committee from 1994 to 2000.
Commissioner Garcia has been a member of the La Raza Lawyers Association of San Diego, Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association, California Judges Association, California Commissioners Association and California Women Lawyers. She has also served on the boards of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and the USD Law Alumni Association.
Commissioner Garcia earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of San Diego Law School. She will receive a salary of $139,476. Commissioner Garcia will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Ashworth.