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Litigation Section Newsletter

David Lira
Mike H. Madokoro
Adam D. Miller

Litigation Executive Committee:

Helen Zukin, Chair
Joshua G. Hamilton, Chair Elect
Angela M. Machala, Vice-Chair
Brian T. Glennon, Secretary
Kirk D. Dillman, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts
Hon. Judge Debre Katz Weintraub and Hon. Samantha P. Jessner Appointed as Next LASC, Central, Supervising Judge and Assistant Supervising Judge, Respectively, of Civil Departments

Effective January 1, 2017, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub was appointed to the position of Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central (Stanley Mosk), succeeding Judge Kevin Brazile who has been elected as the court's Assistant Presiding Judge. Judge Weintraub has moved to Department 1, in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Also effective January 1, 2017, Hon. Samantha P. Jessner was appointed to the position of Assistant Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central (Stanley Mosk). Judge Jessner will remain in Department 31.

LASC Mental Health Courthouse Temporarily Closed

Due to structural damage, the Mental Health Courthouse, located at 1150 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, is closed until further notice. A search is ongoing for a new location. All Mental Health Courthouse operations, including hearings, have been temporarily relocated to the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 1945 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles.

Calendars are relocated as follows:
  • Mental Health Department 95 to Metro Department 69
  • Mental Health Department 95A to Metro Department 70
  • Mental Health Department 95B to Metro Department 64
United States District Court, Central District of California New Courthouse Opened October 13, 2016

On October 13, 2016, Los Angeles' new federal courthouse, located at 350 W. 1st Street was officially opened. The ten-story, 633,000-square-foot facility, is home to the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Marshals Service, and GSA, and provides trial preparation space for the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Public Defender. It features 24 courtrooms, 32 judicial chambers, and space necessary for the Los Angeles District Court and the public it serves.

On The Move at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Central (Stanley Mosk)
  • Hon Soussan Bruguera retired effective December 15, 2016; Hon. Monica Bachner has moved from LASC, San Fernando to an IC Court assignment in Department 71, effective December 16, 2016; Hon. Randolph Hammock has moved from Department 93 to an IC Court assignment in Department 47, effective January 3, 2017; and, Judge Maren Nelson has moved from Family Court to Central Civil West, Department 307.

  • Other Court Moves: Hon. Lisa Martin has moved from LASC, Civil Central West to a trial court assignment at LASC, Alhambra, Department V.
Upcoming Events
Women in the Courtroom: A Discussion with Superior Court Judges

When: 01/31/2017
Where: LA Law Library, Los Angeles, CA
At this brown bag lunch with Superior Court judges, practitioners will have the opportunity to hear about challenges faced by women in the courtroom and how to deal with them.
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2016-2017 Litigation Inn of Court February Meeting:
Issues for Dummies-Three Short Takes on Obscure/Difficult Issues

When: 02/01/2017
Where: LA Law Library

The LACBA Trial Practice Inn of Court meets eight times a year for cocktails, dinner and a one hour MCLE presentation. One of the great benefits of belonging to the LACBA Litigation Section and the Inn of Court is the opportunity to mingle with attorneys and state and federal court judges.
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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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