Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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Superior Court Staff Attorney Struck by Car, Killed


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A senior family law attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court was struck and killed by a car Friday night in Kern County.

Media reports said Kristine Reiser, 50, was struck after 9 p.m. where State Route 46 meets Martin Avenue in the farming community of Lost Hills. Reiser and another woman, who received minor injuries, were trying to aid an injured dog when they were hit by a driver who failed to notice them in the road.

The California Highway Patrol said it was investigating.

Reiser, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and Southwestern Law School, was admitted to the State Bar in 1992. She practiced in Diamond Bar and earned a State Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for handling a number of pro bono and reduced-fee cases for the Legal Services Program for Pasadena and San Gabriel-Pomona.

She joined the Superior Court in 2000, as one of several attorneys hired to supervise the Family Law Facilitator program, helping self-represented litigants navigate the system. She was promoted to senior family law attorney five years ago, and represented the court on the county’s Family Support Advisory Board.

She also helped supervise the Central Self-Help Resource Center at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, helping domestic violence victims obtain restraining orders. Among the judicial officers she worked with there was Commissioner Alan Friedenthal.

Friedenthal said Reiser was “an extraordinary professional with great compassion for self-represented litigants who came to the family law center or to get restraining orders.”

There was no information available regarding services.


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