Kern County Superior Court (website)
The Hon. Therese M. Foley is a judge for the Kern County Superior Court in California. She succeeded the Hon. Gary T. Friedman when she was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on November 29, 2018.
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Foley received her B.A. degree from Santa Clara University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Upon graduating from law school, Judge Foley joined the law firm Robert D. Wenzel, Adams, Ball, Wenzel and Kilian as an Associate in 1977. In 1981 she joined the law firm of Gene R. McMurtrey as an Associate and was named partner by the time she left in 1989. She spent the next three decades as a sole practitioner.
During that time she has served as Deputy County Counsel for the offices of Kern County Counsel and the Mendocino County Counsel. In 2001 she became a Patient Rights Advocate for the Kern County Department of Mental Health, and in 2002 she worked as a Deputy Child Support Attorney for the Kern County Department of Child Support Services. In 2008 Foley spent a year as a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Theresa Goldner at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. After her clerkship, she returned to the Office of the Kern County Counsel in 2010 as a Deputy County Counsel, and she remained there until she was appointed to the Superior Court in 2018.
B.A. from Santa Clara University
J.D. from University of California Berkeley School of Law
Associate at Robert D. Wenzel, Adams, Ball, Wenzel and Kilian (1977 to 1981)
Associate at Law Office of Gene R. McMurtrey (1981 to 1988)
Partner at Law Office of Gene R. McMurtrey (1988 to 1989)
Sole Practitioner at Self (1989 to 2018)
Deputy County Counsel at Office of the Kern County Counsel in Kern County, CA (from 1989)
Deputy County Counsel at Office of the Mendocino County Counsel (1998 to 1999)
Patients' Rights Advocate at Kern County Department of Mental Health in Kern County, CA (from 2001)
Deputy Child Support Attorney at Kern County Department of Child Support Services in Kern County, CA (from 2002)
Law Clerk at Magistrate Judge Theresa Goldner, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2008 to 2009)
Deputy County Counsel at Office of the Kern County Counsel in Kern County, CA (from 2010)