Judicial Endorsements

 Judicial Races

Most judges that are elected in California are either former Corporate Lawyers or
former Prosecutors. There’s no representation from Public Defenders, who often
protect the most vulnerable among us from the excesses of a vengeance-based
judicial system. So this year, we’re endorsing mostly Public Defenders in hopes
that we’ll bet more balance on the bench!


ADA SoCal Endorses Sherilyn Peace Garrett
for Judical Seat #3

Sherilyn Peace Garnett is a confirmed nominee to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She was nominated to the court by President Joe Biden (D) on December 15, 2021, and confirmed by the United States Senate on April 27, 2022, by a vote of 62-33.[1] She will join the court upon receiving her judicial commission and taking her judicial oath. Click here for more information on Garnett's federal judicial nomination.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California is one of 94 U.S. District Courts. They are the general trial courts of the United States federal courts. To learn more about the court, click here.

Garnett was previously a judge on the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, serving from 2014 to 2022. She was appointed to the court by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on June 18, 2014.[2]

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Vote for Sherilyn Garrett for Judicial Seat 3 on June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Anna Slotky Reitano
for Judicial Seat 60

I am grateful to be a part of a historic election in 2022. In the past 16 years, only three Deputy Public Defenders have run for Judge of the Superior Court. This year, several are. I am proud to run alongside and support Holly Hancock for Seat 70 and Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes for Seat 67.

My first position was with a small firm that handled union matters, with the bulk of my work focused on matters involving Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies in administrative matters like hearings at the Civil Service Commission, internal affairs investigations, and counsel during homicide investigations.

When I started my career at the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office as a Deputy Public Defender, I was pregnant with my second child.  I hit the ground running as a trial attorney handling jury trials, obtaining experience in felonies, misdemeanors, and almost three years in juvenile courts solely representing children. I continue to work in trials, and am also the treasurer of the Public Defender's Association. 

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Vote for Anna Reitano for Judicial Seat 60 on June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes for Judicial Seat 67

I am proud to be a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender.

I know for sure that all people in the legal system deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and be treated equally under the law. This is my personal, guiding principle, grounded in my faith. And as a childhood cancer survivor, I am keenly aware that not a single day of life is promised; we must live each day to its fullest. The many privileges I have been blessed with have left me humbled and shaped my core belief that I must do the most good for the most people I can. 

This is why I decided to run for Superior Court judge and I would be honored to have your confidence, trust, and your vote.  I will work hard for the citizens of L.A. County, and promise to treat every person equally, listen compassionately, and value the dignity of each person who comes into the courtroom. 


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 Vote for Elizabeth Lashley-Hynes for Judicial Seat 67 on June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Holly Hancock
for Judicial Seat 70.

Holly Hancock is the Deputy-In-Charge of the Criminal Record Clearing Unit of the Office of the Public Defender.  She sees the effects that a myopic judiciary has had on the communities of Los Angeles.  She has collaborated with many organizations who work in the re-entry community on giving expungements.

"We deserve an equitable and just criminal justice system.  You deserve a Judge that will fairly distribute the law."

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Vote for Holly Hancock for Judicial Seat 70
on 
June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Kevin McGurk
for Judicial Seat 90

As our civic institutions continue to be placed under immense stress, it has never been more important that the people presiding over our courtrooms, both in perception and reality, possess the necessary temperament and experience to justly provide both sides a fair opportunity to present their case within the confines of the law.

The world of criminal justice is continually changing.  The public has demanded the system re-evaluate traditional ideas of public safety, sentencing and pre-trial detention.  In his role as a Deputy Public Defender, Kevin is at the forefront of navigating these new priorities and has seen first-hand how these changes can lead to positive outcomes under the right circumstances.  His unique set of skills and experiences will provide a fresh perspective and a balanced approach to the bench.


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 Vote for Kevin McGurk for Judicial Seat 90
on 
June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Lloyd Handler for Judicial Seat 116

"It is not enough for judges to know the law and have the dedication to follow it; they must use judicial discretion wisely."

In presiding over a criminal courtroom, wisdom comes from having familiarity with the diverse communities that make up the melting pot of Los Angeles County, as well as having a thorough understanding of how mental illness, addiction, trauma and poverty contribute to criminal behavior. Though prosecutors must decide who they want brought to court to be held accountable, the process by which criminal responsibility is ultimately determined must be fair.  Once a person has been found accountable for violating the law, the laws relating to sentencing must be followed, but Lloyd Handler believes discretion must be applied, where the law calls for it, through the lens of compassion for both defendants as well as victims.

Lloyd Handler has spent more than 30 years working in the courts in Los Angeles County. a career that has taken him to the neighborhoods and communities where the people whose lives are affected by those courts – victims, witnesses and those accused of crimes – come from.

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Vote for Lloyd Handler for Judicial Seat 116
on June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Carolyn Jiyoung Park for Judicial Seat 118.

Jiyoung (JEE-yung) worked for over six years at a public sector union as a staff attorney litigating cases on behalf of the union and union members before the State Personnel Board, Public Employee Relations Board, Office of Administrative Hearings, and in civil court. She represented union members in arbitrations and in collective bargaining. She was a full dues-paying member of United Auto Workers Local 2350.

Jiyoung currently has a private general practice which handles civil rights, labor, tenant and social impact business matters. She is a Sustainable Economies Legal Fellow and a member of the first cohort of the Just Transition Lawyering Institute. Her pro bono and volunteer legal work has included assisting people with expungements, representing people peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, and asylum seekers.


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 Vote for Carolyn Jiyoung Park for Judicial Seat 118 on June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Patrick Hare
for Judicial Seat  151

Patrick Hare has spent his entire career living in, working in, and serving in communities that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles.

As a Los Angeles County Public Defender for more than thirty years, Patrick has worked extensively on bail reform, alternatives to incarceration, housing, and treatment for those with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

An experienced litigator as well, Patrick has tried over one hundred jury trials. He’s ready to deal with the high volume of our courtrooms – FAIRLY and ON DAY ONE.

Committed to social justice and criminal justice reform, Hare is devoted to equal justice under the law. As a Superior Court Judge, he will bring both legal expertise and compassion for people to the bench.
Because Justice Matters.

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Vote for Patrick Hare for Judicial Seat 151
on 
June 7, 2022.

ADA SoCal Endorses Ruth Luevanos for Congress CA-27

I have 30 years of judicial experience, including 22 years as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge presiding over an estimated 60,000 cases. I have always ensured equal access to justice for attorneys, litigants, and members of the public.has already defeated a Republican to win her seat on the Simi Valley City Council so she knows what it takes to win.

I am a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and I obtained my Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA.

I have presided over civil jury trials, including personal injury, breach of contract, premises liability and medical malpractice cases. I have presided over felony jury trials and preliminary hearings including murder, attempted murder, domestic violence cases, and misdemeanor jury trials.

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Vote for Carol Elswick for Judicial Seat 156 
on June 7, 2022.

 

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