The life of California's Yolo County’s first Latina judge, Sonia Cortes, has now come full circle with her official “robing.”
Cortes, the daughter of farm workers and a Winters High School graduate who went on to obtain a legal degree and become an attorney, took the oath of office before a capacity crowd in the auditorium of Pioneer High School Friday night.
“Those ambitions led my parents to settle in a small house in Winters where they would work in the fields, pick crops and think about the future of their three daughters,” she said. ... The family moved to Yolo Housing — the same migrant housing she would one day be put in charge of successfully reorganizing — “where I would watch rerun episodes of Perry Mason and think I one day, too, would be a lawyer.”
“And my road leads me to this moment, where the governor has appointed me. And here I am before you the first Latina to be appointed a judge in Yolo County,” she said. “Today is an