Life as a Judicial Fellow: Tips from the top

Spring this year has brought a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. In the latter category is record rainfall, which has rescued California from a 5-year-long drought. In the former category is pollen, which results in an ongoing chorus of sneezes among the staff here at the Center for California Studies., situated in Tahoe […]

via Spring 2017 Executive Director Message — Californiana Newsletter

Judicial Fellow Alum: Where are they now?

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Monica Vedolla, 15-16 Judicial Administration Fellow

Monica Vedolla was placed at the Orange County Superior Court, as a member of the 2015-2016 Judicial Administration class. As a judicial fellow, Monica studied the effects of Proposition 47 on Orange County’s Drug Court program. Additionally, she conducted analyses on various online services aimed to provide equal access to justice for all litigants and to increase public access to the Court. Throughout the duration of her fellowship, Monica had the privilege of working alongside a team of innovative and progressive court administrators, managers, and judicial staff.

Prior to participating in the Judicial Administration Fellowship, she graduated from Sonoma State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. While attending Sonoma State, she also worked for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office at the Main Adult Detention Facility, and interned at Verity, Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis Center, as a crisis line counselor. Monica is currently employed by the Sonoma County Probation Department as a Deputy Probation Officer in the investigations unit.

Upon entering the fellowship, I was at a crossroads in my career path, between deciding to attend law school or pursue a career in probation. Being exposed to the collaborative culture of Orange County’s Drug Court program solidified my decision to pursue a career in probation. The fellowship provided an opportunity for professional growth. Through the fellowship experience, I developed skills and attained knowledge that I apply to my current position in the investigations unit. As a probation officer, I serve as a neutral arm of the Court, by writing comprehensive presentence reports that include information pertinent to the criminal offense and the offender, as well as provide sentencing recommendations.