Wednesday, February 12, 2020
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Daniel P. Ramirez said yesterday that he is retiring and that this is his last week on the bench.
Saturday marked 26 years since his appointment to the Southeast Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson. Ramirez was, at the time, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney, a position he had held since 1989.
He was admitted to the State Bar on June 14, 1988, and was in private practice before becoming a prosecutor. His law degree is from Western State.
Ramirez became a Superior Court judge in 2000 through unification. He has presided over criminal, civil, and family law calendars.
The Los Angeles Times endorsed him in 2008—though he was not in an election contest. A minister in Carson was seeking to recruit lawyers to run against Ramirez and five other incumbents, but failed in his effort.
“After 26 years on the bench, I’m going to miss the daily interaction that I had with my fellow judicial officers, staff, and court employees,” Ramirez said yesterday. They were like a second family.”
“I look back at all my assignments and the most challenging and yet most rewarding assignment was family law. In family law, a judicial officer can make a positive difference in the lives of the parties and their children.
“I have an immense amount of respect for the family law bench and family law attorneys because of their difficult task and their willingness to help mend broken families.”
Ramirez expressed gratitude to Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile and Assistant Presiding Judge Eric Taylor for their “unwavering support” and said he is “especially grateful” to Supervising Judge Margaret Bernal “because she really cared about me and all the Southeast judicial officers.”
Can’t Discuss Plans
The judge said he is “not able” to discuss his future career plans, which signals an intent to join an alternate dispute resolution firm. He did say:
“I intend to remain active in the civil and family law community.”
The judge remarked:
“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife and four children.”
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