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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 changes will be implemented at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse:

  • Effective March 1, 2018, Department 60, an individual calendar courtroom, will be converted to a long-cause trial courtroom, Judge Shelley L. Kaufman presiding.  Cases with future hearing dates have been randomly reassigned to Departments 2D and 65.  All future case filings will be assigned at random.

  • Effective March 5, 2018, Judge Gregory J. Weingart is assigned to Department 65.  Judge David A. Rosen is reassigned to the Chatsworth Courthouse, Department F50.

Effective February 20, 2018, all North District delinquency operations have been relocated to the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse.  Department 285 (previously located at the Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center Courthouse) and Department 286 (previously located at the Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse) have both been relocated to the 2nd floor of the Antonovich Courthouse.

Transition to Paperless Files

The LASC continues its transitioning to electronic files.  An update on the court’s status regarding this transition, by case type, may be viewed here.


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

Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective June 1, 2018

The Court has preliminarily approved amendments to Local Rules 5.2-1 [Redaction] and 7-4 [Motions]. The proposed effective date is June 1, 2018. A redline of the proposed changes may be viewed here.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the proposed changes to the rules. Comments may be submitted to or in hard copy to Kiry K. Gray, District Court Executive/Clerk of Court, 350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311, Los Angeles, California 90012-4565. No facsimile transmissions will be considered. All comments must be submitted no later than March 14, 2018. All timely received comments will be considered by the Court before final adoption of the rules.

Attorney Admission and Pro Hac Vice Fees Increase

Effective July 1, 2018, the Schedule of Fees for admission to the Bar of the Central District of California will be increased as follows: Lawyers Admitted to the California Bar – Fewer than 3 Years: $281; Lawyers Admitted to the California Bar – 3 or More Years: $331; Applicants seeking permission to appear pro hac vice in a case: $400. Additional information is available in General Order 18-01.

Passing of the Honorable Arthur Nakazato

The United States District Court, Central District of California, announced the passing of retired Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato on December 17, 2017 at the age of 65.

Judge Nakazato, the child of World War II internees, was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California in 1996. He was the first Japanese American to be appointed as a Magistrate Judge in the Continental United States. He served the Court for nearly twenty years and retired in 2016.

Before his judicial appointment, Judge Nakazato was a successful business trial and appellate lawyer. He served as the founding President and founding Director of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. He was also a founding director of the Orange County Japanese American Lawyers Association, a Central District Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and was active in the Orange County and Federal Bar Associations. During his tenure, Judge Nakazato earned multiple honors, including the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA); the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA); the Judge of the Year Award from the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA); the Alicemarie H. Stotler Award from the Federal Bar Association/Orange County Chapter (FBAOC); and recognition as the “Best Judge in Orange County” from OC Weekly.

The Court’s statement regarding Judge Nakazato’s passing may be viewed here.

Upcoming Events

Invitation to Meet with Los Angeles Superior Court Officers About 2018 Court Funding

The Court Funding Bar Leaders meeting at LASC is set for March 7, 2018 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Courtroom 222. The meeting is open to all interested members of the Bar, and will include LASC Presiding Judge Dan Buckley, LASC Assistant Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile, Judges of the LASC, and other Bar leaders, for a report on the Governor’s proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget and its impact on the courts. We will also be providing an update of the political efforts, including meetings with the legislators and the Gubernatorial candidates. RSVP is not required, but requested, by March 6, 2018 to: Neil Taylor, Mayer Brown LLP (213) 229-5150 or

More details and a formal invitation may be viewed here.


Breakfast at the Bar: Civility in the Courtroom and in the Practice of Law

Please join us on March 7, 2018 from 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. for an informative and entertaining panel discussion with the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, the Presiding and Assistant Presiding Judges of the Los Angeles County Superior Court and a former President of LACBA.  This panel will discuss our obligation to promote civility in our everyday practice and in the courtroom, while being strong advocates for our clients.  There are sure to be some good war stories and lessons to learn, so do not miss this opportunity to share in the drama.

Details and registration information here.


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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