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Wednesday, April 29, 2020


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DeCasas, Washington, Weller Appointed To Los Angeles Superior Court Seats


By a MetNews Staff Writer



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Deputy Public Defender


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Three government lawyers were appointed yesterday to the Los Angeles Superior Court, among 14 persons awarded judgeships statewide.

Appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the trial court here were:

Michelle E. DeCasas, 43, a deputy Los Angeles city attorney since 2007, formerly a  civil litigation associate at Tesser & Ruttenberg for five years. Her law degree is from UCLA.

Lisa R. Washington, 54, a deputy Los Angeles County public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office since 1994, previously an associate at Dickson & Associates from 1993-94, a lawyer at the Law Office of Leo James Terrell in 1992-93 and again in 1994, and a legal redress coordinator for the NAACP Legal Redress Committee in 1992. She graduated from the law school at Loyola.

John C. Weller, 39, a deputy Los Angeles district attorney since 2007, holding the same post in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office from 2005-07. His law degree is also from Loyola.

Casas replaces Judge John J. Cheroske, Washington assumes the office that was held by Judge Dan T. Oki, and Weller is the successor to Judge Gerald S. Rosenberg. The vacancies were created by retirements.

All three appointees are Democrats. Statewide, Newsom, a Democrat, appointed 12 Democrats and two persons without party preferences.


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