The Honorable Robin Appel

San Joaquin County Superior Court, Department 4A

Biography

The Hon. Robin Appel is a judge for the San Joaquin County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003. She filled the vacancy created by the removal of the Hon. Michael E. Platt from the bench.

Judge Appel received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1979.

Appel practiced as a partner at Reece and Appel for twelve years. While there, she practiced civil litigation in cases involving family law, business litigation, personal injury, and probate matters.

In 1995, Appel was selected to serve as a court commissioner for the San Joaquin County Superior Court, a position she would hold until her appointment to the bench in 2003. During her tenure as a commissioner, she presided over a family law court. Appel holds the distinction of being the first court commissioner to serve for the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

After being elevated to the bench, Judge Appel was elected to serve as a Presiding Judge of the Court in 2009. At the time, Judge Appel was the first woman to hold that position in San Joaquin County. During her tenure on the bench, Judge Appel established the Pro Per Clinic in Family Law and was also instrumental in bringing the new Stockton Courthouse to the downtown area. Judge Appel has also served as a Supervising Family Law Judge.

Her memberships have included the American Cancer Society, the Children's Home of Stockton, the Stockton Homeless Shelter, and past-president of the San Joaquin County Bar Association as well as the Temple Israel.

She received the Law Day Award from the San Joaquin County Bar Association in 2018.