Vazquez appointed as Monterey County judge

MONTEREY COUNTY — The Superior Court of California for the County of Monterey announced the investiture of Rafael Vazquez on Feb. 2.

On Dec. 22, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Vazquez to the Monterey County Superior Court.

Vazquez, 42, of Salinas, has served as an assistant district attorney at the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office since 2010. He was an associate at Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Lyons, Harley and Greenwood PLC from 2008 to 2009 and at Abramson, Church and Stave LLP from 2007 to 2008.

Vazquez also served as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office from 2004 to 2007. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from California State University, San Jose.

Vazquez fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Albert H. Maldonado.

“We are so pleased to welcome Judge Vazquez to our bench,” said Presiding Judge Lydia M. Villarreal. “A judge of his talent, experience and intellect will serve with distinction.”

Vazquez will be assigned to Department 7 in the Salinas Courthouse.

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