Local attorney Alana I. Mejias is now an associate judge.
Meijas, who is a partner at the law firm Courtney, Clark & Mejias based in Belleville, has been named associate judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties.
Twentieth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Mejias as an associate judge, according to a news release.
She earned her undergraduate degree in 2004 from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and her law degree in 2007 from New England Law in Boston.
At her practice, Meijas concentrates on family law.
"This has been a lifelong dream for me and I am truly excited about this opportunity," she said Thursday. "I can't wait to get started."
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