Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


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Beckloff Tapped as Supervising Judge of Probate Department


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff confirmed yesterday that has been selected by Presiding Judge Charles “Tim” McCoy to replace Judge Aviva K. Bobb as supervising judge of the court’s Probate Department.

Beckloff told the MetNews that he will “take the reins” from Bobb after she steps down from the post June 1, and credited his predecessor with doing “a tremendous amount of good work for the community.”

Appointed to the bench two years ago this May by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beckloff, a Democrat, served as a commissioner on the court from 2001 to 2007, and for three years before that as a referee.

The judge attended UCLA and Loyola Law School, and after earning admission to the State Bar in 1989 began his legal career with Pillsbury Madison and Sutro as an associate in the firm’s Business Reorganization/Bankruptcy practice group.

In 1992 Beckloff became a staff attorney for Auxiliary Legal Services Inc., a non-profit legal organization created to provide staff attorneys to the Office of County Counsel, Children’s Services Division, and he entered private practice two years later in partnership with Donna Groman, who is now also a judge on the Superior Court.

Beckloff has served in the Probate Department for three years, and says he is “happy to stay longer,” adding that the department is a “great place to be” and that the attorneys who appear before it are “an incredible group of people.”

He also commented that his main goal as supervising judge is to continue Bobb’s effectiveness and uphold her example of working with people.


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