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Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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At Least 11 Superior Court Open Seats to Be Filled

Judges Lippitt, Meyers Are Not Running; Judge Brown Won’t Respond to Inquiries;

Candidate Files Papers in Quest to Join Wife in County’s Judiciary


By a MetNews Staff Writer


There will be at least 11 open judicial seats on the March 3 primary election ballot, and it appears probable that there will be a dozen, with two judges declaring yesterday that they will not be running and one refusing to say.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Elizabeth A. Lippitt and Patrick T. Meyers, whose terms end in January 2021, said they will not seek to succeed themselves.

Meyers related:

“I will not be running for another judicial term, and I plan to retire in 2020.”

He said he is considering visiting friends in New Zealand after leaving the bench.

Lawyer Files Declaration

Santa Fe Springs immigration and criminal defense lawyer Robert F. Jacobs yesterday filed a declaration of intent to seek Meyers’s post, Office No. 89. If elected, he will join his wife, Judge Lillian Vega Jacobs, as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

He was feted this year by the Southeast District Bar Association as “lawyer of the year”; she received that honor in 2012. Robert Jacobs, whose  law degree is from Marquette University in Milwaukee, was admitted to the State Bar in 1998.

Lippitt, who holds Office No. 141, also expressed an intent to retire next year.

It appears that Office No. 97 will be an open seat; incumbent Kevin L. Brown has not taken out a declaration of intent and won’t respond to inquiries concerning his plans.

Last Day 

Today is the last day for incumbents and challengers to file declarations of intent. Those seeking open seats have until Tuesday to do so.

Below is the line-up of candidates, as of press time yesterday. Italicizing of names indicates that a declaration of intent was taken out for the office, but not filed.

Office No. 17 (held by Judge Randolph Rogers): Deputy District Attorney Shannon Kathleen Cooley.

Office No. 42 (held by Judge Carol Rose):  Supervising Assistant Attorney General Linda L. Sun.

Office No. 72 (held by Judge Debre Katz Weintraub):  Associate Law Professor Myanna Dellinger, Deputy District Attorney Steve Morgan, private practitioner Timothy D. Reuben.

Office No. 76 (held by Judge Robert P. Applegate): Deputy District Attorneys Emily Cole and Scott Andrew Yang, criminal defense attorney David D. Diamond.

Office No. 80 (held by Judge Patrick T. Meyers): immigration attorney Robert F. Jacobs, Deputy District Attorney.

Office No. 97 (held by Judge Kevin L. Brown): —

Office No. 129 (held by Judge Thomas Trent Lewis):  Deputy District Attorneys Kenneth M. Fuller and Yang, private practitioner Tom Parsekian, Reuben.

Office No. 131 (held by Judge Daniel P. Ramirez): Deputy District Attorneys Kelly Michelle Kelley (running as Michelle Kelley), Yang.

Office No. 141 (held by Judge Elizabeth A. Lippitt): —

Office No. 145 (held by Judge Richard R.  Romero):  Cole, Diamond, Yang.

Office No. 150 (held by Judge Frederick Rotenberg):  Deputy District Attorney Manuel Alejandro Almada, Reuben, Yang.

Office No. 162 (held by Judge William N. Sterling): Cole, Diamond, Yang, civil rights attorney Caree Annette Harper.

Cole, Diamond, and Yang has each pulled declarations for Office Nos. 76, 145, and 162.


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