Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Public Forum with Judicial Candidates to be Held at Southwestern April 29, 2010
Public Forum with Judicial Candidates to be Held at Southwestern

On June 8, Los Angeles voters will choose among 21 candidates for six Superior Court seats. Southwestern joins with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles to offer voters a free and unusual opportunity to meet the candidates and learn more about the election process on Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The candidate forum, believed to be the first of its kind in Southern California, will take place in the Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus. Members of the legal community, the media, and especially the general public are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for the event; however, reservations are required by May 17 via email or by calling (213) 738-6814.

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with individual Superior Court candidates about their qualifications for office and obtain campaign materials. The free program will also include a brief discussion on judicial elections by the Honorable Judith McConnell, Administrative Presiding Justice, 4th District Appellate Court, San Diego, and an interview with the Justice conducted by Val Zavala, a KCET-TV vice president and anchor of the news and public affairs broadcast program 'SoCal Connected.'

"Because election laws and professional practices require judicial candidates to present themselves so carefully in public, voters in Los Angeles often do not get much information about the people they elect as their judges to decide the all-important civil and criminal cases that flood the county's Superior Courts," said Margo A. Reeg, Second Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County. "That's why the League and Southwestern Law School are pleased to jointly present this rare, free, public setting in which voters may educate themselves about the candidates, the voting process and these crucial judicial elections."

Parking is available free of charge. For a map and directions, click here. Media coverage of the event (which will be widely publicized to legal, academic and civic groups in the county) is welcome, though space at the session is limited and reservations are required.