Santa Monica resident Elaine W. Mandel is one of three recently appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Mandel, 41, has served as an associate and partner for Kiesel Boucher Larson LLP since 2000. She previously was an associate for Stolpman, Krissman, Elber, Mandel and Katzman from 1993 to 2000 and for the firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander and Ferdon from 1992 to 1993.

Mandel earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. A Democrat, she fills the court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Aurelio Munoz.

Two other recent judgeship appointees are Republican John J. Kralik, 54, of Altadena, who has served as a partner with Kralik and Jacobs LLP since 2008, and Democrat John C. Lawson II, 48, of Los Angeles, who has served as commissioner for the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2007.

Each of the new judges will earn an annual salary of $178,789, a spokesman for the governor said.

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