Hon. Wendy L. Avila is a judge for the Kern County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 2020. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Steven M. Katz (Ret.).
Avila received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She went on to earn a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Her legal career includes serving as a family support officer (1997 to 1999) and a deputy district attorney (1999 to 2017) with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and a senior assistant inspector general with the Office of the Inspector General (2017 to 2020).
Avila also taught as an adjunct lecturer at California State University, Bakersfield from 2008 to 2016.
At the time of her appointment, Avila became the first Latina judge to sit on the Kern County Superior Court. Since assuming the bench, she has presided on the Juvenile Courts.
She is a co-founder of Latina Leaders.
Avila is registered as a Democrat.