Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, June 20, 2011


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Los Angeles Superior Court to Elect Two Commissioners


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Ballots have been sent to Los Angeles Superior Court judges to fill two longstanding court commissioner vacancies, a court spokesperson said Friday.

Ballots were mailed out June 11 and are due back June 29, the spokesperson said. They will be counted June 30.

Under local rules, vacant commissioner positions are filled by a vote of the judges from a list of candidates nominated by a court panel. Although the ranking order is not binding, all commissioners chosen in recent years have been selected in ranked order.

With the election of Emma Castro last month, the list of candidates has dropped to 10.

They are, in order:

Deputy District Attorney Eloise Phillips; Michael R. Diliberto, president of Advantage Arbitration and Mediation Services LLC; Deputy District Attorney Arunas A. Sodonis; Los Angeles attorney Faith Mitchell; Referee Shep Zebberman; Lancaster attorney William A. Clark; Richard L. Bissetti, an associate at Century City’s Magana, Cathcart & McCarthy; Downey criminal defense lawyer Michael LaPan; Hawthorne Deputy City Attorney Robert Kim; and Deputy Public Defender Lisa Brackelmanns.


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