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Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Michael C. Tu

Litigation Executive Committee:

Joshua G. Hamilton, Chair
Angela M. Machala, Chair Elect
Monisha A. Coelho, Vice-Chair
Douglas N. Silverstein, Secretary
Helen Zukin, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts

Los Angeles County Superior Court Updates:

Judicial Changes

The following are recent judicial changes for the Superior Court Judges:

  1. Judges Bensigner, Currey, Dhanidina, Hall, Kim, Mohr, Raphael and Sortino are currently sitting on assignment at the Court of Appeal.  Assigned Judge Kallin is in Department 51 (Mosk) and Judge Leiter is in Department B (Compton).

  2. Judge Bendix will be sitting at the Court of Appeal beginning January 1, 2018.

  3. Judge Burdge will be moving to a civil courtroom in Alhambra effective January 2, 2018.

  4. Judge Lu is now sitting in Department 77 (Mosk).

United States District Court for the Central District of California Updates:

Amendment of Local Civil Rule 77-1 for Emergency Matters Effective

As summarized in the our prior Court Alert, amended Local Civil Rule 77-1 (“Procedures for Emergency Matters) became effective on December 1, 2017. The amendment added the following language to Local Civil Rule 77-1:

In highly unusual circumstances, a filer may not be able to anticipate before the close of business that relief will need to be sough prior to the next business day in a new civil case not already assigned to a judge. If a new civil case is opened and an application for a TRO or similar document is filed after 4:30 p.m., and court attention is needed prior to the next business day, the filer should call the Court at 213-894-0028 and follow the Emergency Filing Procedures set forth on the Court's website at Requests for emergency relief directed to this number should be exceedingly rare.

The text of the amended rule may be viewed here.

Upcoming Events
February 6, 2018

2018 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon

Please join us for the Litigation Section’s 2018 Bench Meets the Bar luncheon, which will gather many prominent judges and lawyers from the Los Angeles legal community in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the courts.  The event will take place on February 6, 2018 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.  There will be presentations by Presiding Judge Daniel J. Buckley of the Los Angeles County Superior Court and Chief District Judge Virginia Phillips of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

You can register online today here.

January 13-15, 2018 and March 10-11, 2018

UCLA Mock Trial Program - Volunteer Judges Needed

UCLA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Program is seeking volunteer judges and attorneys to serve as Presiding Judges or Scoring Judges for two Los Angeles area collegiate mock trial tournaments:  (1) The 2018 UCLASSIC Mock Trial Tournament on January 13-15, 2018 (at UCLA), and (2) The 2018 Opening Round of the National Championship on March 10-11, 2018 (at the Santa Monica Courthouse). 
You can register as a volunteer by sending an email to Professor Gonzalo Freixes at


About Court Alerts

The Litigation Section of LACBA is proud to provide "Court Alerts," an e-mail publication aimed at informing LACBA Litigation Section members of recent news related to the Los Angeles Superior Court and the U.S. Central District of California, including re-assignments of judges, changes in court structure, and other information important to litigators.

Readers are advised that changes in the law may affect the accuracy of this publication or the functionality of links after the publication date. The foregoing practice tips were prepared for information purposes only. Such practice tips do not constitute tax, legal or other advice and no responsibility is assumed for any reliance upon them or with respect to assessing or advising the reader as to tax, legal, or other consequences arising from a particular situation. The accuracy of the information provided should be independently verified by the reader and should not be treated as authoritative.



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