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Newest judge sworn in

Longtime Sonora attorney Kate Powell Segerstrom was formally sworn in as a Tuolumne County Superior Court judge on Friday.

In early December, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his appointment of Segerstrom, 58, to a vacancy on the court bench created by the retirement of Judge Eric DuTemple.

“We would like to congratulate her and welcome her to our judicial family,” said Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge James Boscoe, who presided over Friday’s ceremony.

More than 100 people — including attorneys, court officials, judges and government leaders — gathered in the Department 1 courtroom on the top floor of the historic Tuolumne County Superior Courthouse in downtown Sonora.

Segerstrom’s husband, Charles Segerstrom, and mother, Marlee Powell, a former Sonora mayor, helped the new judge put on her judicial robe for the first time.

Segerstrom is also a member of numerous governing boards for a variety of public and private agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the Tuolumne River Trust, Mother Lode Bank, Sonora Regional Medical Center, the Rotary Club and the Sonora Business Council. 

Segerstrom has said that she will have to resign membership from many, if not all, to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Kate Segerstrom’s cousin-in-law, Donald Segerstrom, also is currently serving as a Tuolumne County Superior Court judge.

Attorneys in the area had a positive reaction to Kate Segerstrom’s appointment, as well.

“I respected her work as an attorney and I think she’ll do a good job as a judge,” said Tuolumne County Deputy District Attorney Eric Hovatter. “I’m looking forward to working with her.”


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