Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Paul C. Lo to the judgeship in the Merced County Superior Court.
Lo of Merced, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and has been practicing law since 1994.
Lo fills the vacancy created by the retired Judge Hugh Flanagan.
According to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Lo is the first Hmong American to ever be appointed judge in the United States.
The 45-year-old Democrat will earn $181,292 per year.