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Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Cherisse Cleofe
Karen Henry
Staci Tomita

Litigation Executive Committee:

Monisha A. Coelho, Chair
Douglas N. Silverstein, Chair Elect
Eric Y. Kizirian, Vice Chair
Brian T. Glennon, Secretary
Angela M. Machala, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts


Judicial Updates

Department Relocations:

As of January 2, 2020, the following Judges returned to their assigned courtrooms:

  • Judge Ann I. Jones returned to Dept. 11, Spring Street Courthouse.
  • Judge Rafael A. Ongkeko returned to Dept. 73, Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

As of January 2, 2020, the following change in judicial assignment was made at the Spring Street Courthouse:

  • Judge Daniel M. Crowley assumed the inventory of personal injury courtroom Dept. 4A (previously assigned to Judge Christopher K. Lui).

As of January 13, 2020, the following personal injury courtrooms at the Spring Street Courthouse moved to new courtrooms at Spring Street:

  • Judge Kristin S. Escalante from Dept. 2 to Dept. 29.
  • Judge Jon R. Takasugi from Dept. 3 to Dept. 31.
  • Judge Daniel M. Crowley from Dept. 4A to Dept 28.
  • Judge Laura A. Seigle from Dept. 4B to Dept. 27.
  • Judge Stephen I. Goorvitch from Dept. 5 to Dept. 32.

As of January 20, 2020, the following Civil trial courtrooms at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse moved to the Spring Street Courthouse:

  • Judge Mark A. Borenstein from Dept. 35 to Dept. 2, Spring Street Courthouse.  
  • Judge Stephen M. Moloney from Dept. 41 to Dept. 4, Spring Street Courthouse.
  • Judge Holly E. Kendig from Dept. 42 to Dept. 3, Spring Street Courthouse.
  • Judge Frederick C. Shaller from Dept. 46 to Dept. 5, Spring Street Courthouse.

As of January 20, 2020, Dept. 94, the Limited Jurisdiction Master Calendar courtroom at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, moved to the Spring Street Courthouse and an additional limited jurisdiction courtroom opened at the Spring Street Courthouse, as follows:

  • Judge James E. Blancarte from Dept. 94 to Dept. 25, Spring Street Courthouse.
  • Judge Serena R. Murillo from Dept. 94 to Dept. 26, Spring Street Courthouse.

As of January 20, 2020, the following settlement courtroom at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse moved to the Spring Street Courthouse:

  • Judge Debre K. Weintraub from Dept. 76 to Room 204, Spring Street Courthouse.

As of January 20, 2020, the following new independent calendar courtroom opened at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse:

  • Judge Christopher K. Lui in Dept. 76.
Upcoming Events

Litigation Section Brown Bag Lunch:
What Civil Litigators Should Know About the Criminal Division of Superior Court

Program Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Times: Registation: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM, Program: 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM
Location: LASC, Van Nuys Courthouse West

Please join this group of distinguished Superior Court Judges from the Van Nuys Courthouse West for an informal session in which they will discuss various aspects of practice and procedure in the Criminal Division. Topics will include felonies, misdemeanors, preliminary hearings, diversion programs, jury selection, trial, and significant differences between civil and criminal practice and procedure. This program is suitable for all levels of experience, from junior lawyers to seasoned practitioners who typically litigate civil cases.

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Litigation 2020 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon

Program Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Times: Reception: 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Program: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: Los Angeles Grand Hotel Downtown

Please join us for the 2020 Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section's Bench Meets Bar Luncheon where prominent judges and lawyers from the Los Angeles legal community will gather in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet and discuss the state of the local Federal, State and Appellate Courts.

This event will also feature the presentations of the United States District Court, Central District of California Clerk of the Year Award, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judicial Assistant of the Year Award, and The Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award.

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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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