Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he is appointing San Francisco attorney Tara Desautels to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court.
Desautels, 38, has served as a senior associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman since 2005. Previously, she was a deputy district attorney in Alameda County from 1997 to 2005.
Desautels earned her law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge Barbara Miller last Nov. 6.
Desautels, who is a Democrat, will be paid $178,789 a year.