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Monday, November 26, 2012


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Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley to Assume Civil Supervisory Duties


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley will become supervising judge of the civil courts next year, the court’s judicial officers have been notified.

A memorandum circulated Wednesday said Buckley would be taking over for Judge Carolyn Kuhl, who will be the new assistant presiding judge. Judge David Wesley will be the presiding judge, replacing Judge Lee Edmon, who will move to a complex litigation assignment after her term ends in January.

Buckley currently serves as assistant supervising judge under Kuhl. He has been a judge of the court since 2002, having previously been a managing partner in the law firm then known as Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting & Hamblet, where he defended tort and environmental litigation.

Buckley will have several assistant supervising judges, including Kevin Brazile and Amy Hogue, as well as Helen Bendix, who will head the civil settlement program and Emilie Elias, who will oversee the complex litigation courts.

Judge Charlaine Olmedo will supervise the criminal courts, assisted by Judge James Brandlin. Judge Victor Greenberg will be an assistant supervising judge in charge of misdemeanor courts, with Susan Jessner continuing to oversee the mental health court and Judge David Herriford in charge of traffic court. Herriford will also be the site judge at Metropolitan Court.

Judge Scott Gordon will remain supervising judge of the family law courts, assisted by Judge Thomas Trent Lewis. Judge Mitchell Beckloff continues in charge of probate.

Judge Steven D. Blades will be supervising judge in the East District, assisted by Judge Douglas Sortino, who has been sitting on assignment in the Court of Appeal. Judge Thomas White continues as supervising judge in the North District, assisted by Judge Lisa Chung.

Judge Mary Thornton House retains her assignment as supervising judge of the Northeast and North Central Districts, with Judge Darrell Mavis assisting. Judge Beverly O’Connell, recently nominated to the federal bench, will replace Olmeido as supervising judge in the North Valley District, assisted by Judge Melvin Sandvig.

Judge Richard Kirschner continues in charge of the Northwest District, assisted by Judge Maria Stratton. Judge James Otto remains supervising judge of the South District, with Judge Michael P. Vicencia as supervising judge.

South Central District Supervising Judge John Cheroske retains his post, with Judge Richard Ocampo assisting. The Southeast District Supervising judge will be Yvonne Sanchez, assisted by Judge Margaret Bernal.

Judge Mark Arnold retains the Southwest District supervising judge’s job, with Judge Steven Van Sicklen as assistant. 

Judge Lisa Hart Cole will be supervising judge of the West District, as well as the site judge in West Los Angeles. Richard A. Stone will be assistant supervising judge of that district and the site judge in Beverly Hills, with Stephanie Sautner serving as assistant supervising judge overseeing West District criminal courts, and as site judge at the Airport Court.

Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash and Dependency Court Supervising Judge Margaret Henry retain those posts.

Judge Ann I. Jones fills the newly created post of supervising judge of budget planning and implementation.

Site judges will include Stan Blumenfeld in Alhambra, Leland Tipton Jr. in Bellflower, Patrick Haggerty in Burbank, Paul T. Suzuki at the Central Arraignment Court, Ana Maria Luna in Downey and Huntington Park, Karla Kerlin in East Los Angeles, Steven Sanora in El Monte, Fred Rotenberg in Glendale, Spurgeon Smith in Hollywood, John Meigs in Inglewood, Lawrence Mira in Malibu , Juan Dominguez at Pomona North, Peter Mirich in San Pedro, Michael O’Gara in Santa Clarita, Daniel Lopez in West Covin, and Olivia Rosales in Whittier. 


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