"Serena has proven she has integrity and a strong commitment to the public. As a seasoned trial attorney and outstanding appellate advocate, she will be a great asset to the Los Angeles County bench."
-District Attorney Jackie Lacey
I WANT TO THANK YOU... I'm running unopposed in this election!!
I don't quite have the words to express how grateful I am at this moment. Being a Judge is something I have wanted to do from the very beginning of my career.
The great news is that last night, I found out that I will be running unopposed. This means that after the election of June 3rd, I will be a "Judge Elect." I will then take office in January, 2015. I would not be here enjoying this moment without the direction and cluster of numerous other hands which have guided me toward taking this chance. This includes first and foremost, my husband and my kids, my Grandparents, Dad and Mom, my sisters, brothers and in-laws (mine and my siblings!), my friends from college, high school, law school. It includes my colleagues, judges, defense attorneys, unions, bar associations, newspapers, civil attorneys and public leaders. It also includes my political consultants, past and present and fellow judicial candidates, especially Amy Carter and Alison Matsumoto-Estrada. So, to all of you who had a hand in this victory, I say thank you. I simply couldn't and wouldn't have done it without you.
Six years ago, I worked hard toward realizing my goal of becoming a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. Despite earning numerous endorsements including those from the Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan News, and the Pasadena Star News, I came away short of a victory. (For a list of those endorsements, see HERE.)
I have returned as a better candidate. I have been a prosecutor for nearly seventeen years. As a trial lawyer, I handled complex gang murder trials, domestic violence homicide, sophisticated mental defenses, and represented business owners victimized by massive fraud schemes. Now I litigate nuanced principles of criminal law prosecuting sexual predators, murderers, and corrupt public officials before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have demonstrated a twenty-six year commitment to my community as a volunteer and public servant. I seek to serve you, the people of the County of Los Angeles, as a knowledgeable and unbiased jurist, experienced in the courtroom, and prepared to relentlessly pursue justice.
I hope I can count on your support.
Serena R. Murillo
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