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Wednesday, November 1, 2023


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Two File Declarations of Intent to Run for Los Angeles Superior Court Open Seats


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Taking out and filing declarations of intent to run for a Los Angeles Superior Court open seat yesterday were a prosecutor and a general practitioner.

Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila, who is assigned to his office’s Major Crimes Division, filed a declaration of an intention to seek Office No. 93, presently held by Judge Malcolm Mackey. His campaign website reflects the endorsement of 43 judges of the court he seeks to join.

A graduate of the Boston College Law School, he gained admission to the State Bar in 1997.

Malik C. Burroughs filed a declaration for Office No. 48, now occupied by Judge Margaret Miller Bernal. His State Bar profile says he’s with the firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, but that firm does not list him as a member on its website.

He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and was admitted to the State Bar in 1993.

A $21,161 state tax lien was imposed on him last year.

Luz E. Herrera, associate dean at the Texas A&M Law School in Fort Worth, has taken out a declaration of intent to run for Office No. 137, held by Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman.

Her law degree is from Harvard and she has been a member of the State Bar since 2000.

She is a former family law attorney in Compton.

On Monday, former Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden, a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, took out a declaration of intention to seek Office No. 130, occupied by Judge Brian C. Yep. He is now a practitioner in Fountain Valley, a city in Orange County.

Darden earned his law degree at Hastings. He was licensed to practice law in 1980.

Declarations of intent for incumbents and challengers are due Nov. 8. There is a five-day extension during which a non-incumbent may file a declaration for an open seat.

The nomination period runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 8, with a five-day extension where an incumbent who filed a declaration does not turn in nominating papers.

The primary is March 5.


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