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Modesto family law attorney appointed as Stanislaus Superior Court judge

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Stacy Speiller, a Modesto-based family law attorney, to be the newest judge in the Stanislaus Superior Court.

Speiller, 37, of Oakdale has been a partner at Cash-Dudley Speiller and Torres Professional Law Corporation since 2010. She has represented clients in a variety of family law cases, including guardianships.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity,” Speiller said Monday. “It’s an honor, really. It’s humbling.”

The Governor’s Office on Thursday named Speiller among 34 newly appointed judges to superior courts throughout the state. The annual salary for the new judges is $200,042.

Stanislaus Superior Court Presiding Judge Ricardo Córdova said he’s not sure to which court Speiller will be assigned, but they’re planning on holding a swearing-in ceremony for Speiller in early December.

“She’s very knowledgeable, she’ll make a great addition to the bench,” Córdova said.

Before being named partner at the Modesto firm, Speiller was an associate at E.F. Cash-Dudley from 2004 to 2009. Speiller earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University.

“The judges here, they care about what they’re doing,” Speiller said. “That’s what was appealing.”

Speiller’s appointment is filling a vacancy created when Judge Nan Jacobs retired two years ago. Superior Court Judge Loretta Begen said the court has had to rely on retired judges to fill-in from time-to-time as they waited for the Governor’s Office to replace Jacobs.

“We’ve been anxious for the governor to make an appointment,” Begen said.

Speiller has served as president of the Stanislaus County Family Law Bar Association. Begen is a judge handling family law and probate cases, and Speiller has represented her clients in Begen’s courtroom many times before.

“She’s an excellent attorney, and she will be a great asset to the bench,” Begen said.

Speiller’s expertise could lead her to the Superior Court’s family law division, Cordova said, but they have not decided whether her addition will require more assignment changes at the courthouse.

After Judge William Mayhew recently retired, Judge Marie Silveira was reassigned to civil law to replace Mayhew. Silveira’s criminal cases were reassigned to Judge Linda McFadden. The changes went into effect a few months ago.

Speiller was well aware that accepting the court appointment would mean she could be assigned to wherever she’s needed. She said “I’m ready to assume whatever assignment they want to give me.”

Rosalio Ahumada: 209-578-2394, @ModBeeCourts

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