Commissioner Erin Childs and family members.

Commissioner Childs is sworn in to office.

“This is a dream come true for me.  I’ve wanted to be a judicial officer for years and am thrilled and honored that I have been chosen for this position.”
Erin Childs has been has been hired by the Fresno County Superior Court as a Commissioner.Since her graduation from San Joaquin College of Law in 2002, she has spent over a decade as a family law litigator and collaborative law attorney.  She is one of two Spanish-speaking female family law attorneys in the area.  She feels both an affinity for the clients she serves at the Child’s Law Office and the courts that serve them.

“I’ve been practicing primarily family law for the last 12 years and have spent thousands of hours in these courtrooms for a myriad of legal proceedings.  I know and love family law and will feel right at home in Department 301. We have an impressive bench in Fresno County.  Our judges are smart, ethical, hard-working and come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  I am anxious to begin a long career of serving our community with these great people as examples.”

Childs has already served as a great example to students at SJCL, where she currently teaches Community Property.  In addition, she is a Board Member of the California Women Lawyers.  She becomes the eighth alumni of SJCL to serve as a commissioner, and the 41st alumni of SJCL to serve as a bench officer.But in the end, Childs says it takes a little more than just a great education and talent. 

“I owe a lot of my success to my husband and children.  They have been my biggest cheerleaders and the primary reason why I wake up every day and do what I do.  I am truly blessed.”

The 41 SJCL Alumni Bench officers now include:

United States Bankruptcy Court Judge

  • W. Richard Lee, Eastern District of California

United States Magistrate Judge

  • Gary S. Austin, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Superior Court Judges

  • James Aaron, Fresno County
  • Brian Alvarez, Fresno County
  • Mark Bacciarini, Merced County
  • Glenda Doan, Kings County
  • Eric Helgesen, Riverside County
  • Efren N. Iglesia, Monterey County
  • Michael J. Jurkovich, Madera County
  • Rosemary T. McGuire, Fresno County
  • Kimberly Nystrom-Geist, Fresno County
  • Don Penner, Fresno County
  • James Petrucelli, Fresno County
  • R. I. "Chip" Putnam, Fresno County
  • Angus Saint-Evens, Glenn County
  • Houry Sanderson, Fresno County
  • Alan Simpson, Fresno County
  • Donna Tarter, Kings County
  • Charles Wieland, Madera County

Federal and State Administrative Law Judges

  • Jose Banuelos
  • Catherine Benko
  • Eileen Deimerly
  • James Donabed
  • William Gunn
  • Walter Johnsen
  • Sharon Madsen
  • Elizabeth Parker
  • Debra Sandoval
  • Geoffrey Sims
  • Nancy Smith  
  • Barbara St. Louis  
  • Georgia York  
  • Duane Young

Court Commissioners

  • Robert Broughton
  • Erin Childs
  • Nancy Cisneros
  • Jeremias DeMelo, Jr.
  • Ronda Duncan
  • Diane Lushbough
  • Stephen Sefton
  • Charlotte Wittig