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New SLO Superior Court judge is appointed by Gov. Brown

Rita C. Federman has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
Rita C. Federman has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Courtesy photo

U.S. Magistrate Judge Rita Coyne Federman, who has served on the U.S. District Court’s central district of California since 2004, was appointed as a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Federman, 50, fills a vacancy created when Judge Teresa Estrada-Mullaney retired last January. Federman, a Democrat, will earn $178,789 annually, according to a news release.

She currently serves on the board of directors for the San Luis Obispo Legal Alternatives Corp., where she has been a member since 2004.

She previously served as a judicial staff attorney and a judge pro tempore at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court from 1999 to 2004; a judicial staff attorney for the U.S. District Court’s central district from 1991 to 1999; and an associate attorney at Shearer Lanctot Walsh and Knorp from 1989 to 1990.

Federman earned a juris doctorate degree from the California Western School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

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