Governor fills two OC judgeships

SANTA ANA — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today the appointments of two new Orange County Superior Court judges.

Beatriz M. Gordon will fill a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position to judgeship made this summer.

Gordon, 38, lives in Tustin and has worked as associate general counsel for Western Dental Services since 2008, according to the governor's office. She was also an attorney for the law firms Samuels, Green, Steel and Adams from 2007 to 2008 and Morrison and Foerster from 1996 to 2007.

Gordon, a Republican, earned her law degree from Harvard and her bachelor's degree from Duke University.

Dennis J. Keough, 60, of Newport Beach, was the second appointee. He has served as an Orange County Superior Court commissioner since 1989. Before that he was an Orange County Superior Court referee from 1986 to 1989.

Keough also worked as a prosecutor for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's office from 1981 to 1986. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi and a bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach.

Keough, a Republican, filled the vacancy left by Judge James H. Poole's retirement.