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Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 80

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David A. Berger

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
688,321 votes (44.98%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Fair and Equal Justice for All
  • Ensure adequate and competent representation for all parties

Experience

Experience

Profession:Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney, LA County District Attorney's Office (1997–current)

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Juris Doctorate, Law (1997)

Biography

David Berger is a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. David is the third generation of a Los Angeles family, and the first generation to obtain a post-graduate degree. David, an immigrant, has lived in Los Angeles since 1989, and is married with two children. David holds law degrees from the University of London and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. 

 

By the time of the March 2020 Primary Election David will have 24 years of experience at the District Attorney's Office and has ethically, effectively, and fairly handled almost every type of case. David has endorsements from Judges, Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors, all of whom know him to be an excellent candidate for the role of a Judge.

 

Rehabilitation not Retribution

David was chosen to be the District Attorney's Office Alternative Sentencing Designee, where he worked with Judges, Public Defenders, and Rehabilitation Programs to place suitable non-violent candidates into intensive programs through the Community Collaborative Courts, including:

  • Drug Court
  • Veteran's Court 
  • Co-Existing Disorders Court
  • Second Chance Womens' Re-Entry Courts 

These programs give offenders the opportunity, guidance, and support to change their lives, to help them escape the revolving door of the criminal justice system, and to encourage them to become productive members of society. 

 

Juvenile Justice - Reform or Refocus?

 

Reforms to the criminal justice system for the most part are focused on adults who are already incarcerated. Many of them have records that stretch back to the time when they were juveniles. The goal of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate young offenders and David's experience in the criminal justice system has convinced him that he can best continue his career in public service by becoming a judge in the juvenile courts. It is there that a judge has the opportunity to change the lives of young people.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Steve Cooley, Former Los Angeles County District Attorney (2000-2012)
  • Hon John J. Duran, Councilmember and former Mayor, City of West Hollywood
  • Hon. John A. Mirisch, Mayor, City of Beverly Hills

Organizations (9)

  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • New Frontier Democratic Club
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs

Elected Officials (40)

  • Hon. Shellie Samuels, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Stephanie Sautner, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Gustavo N. Sztraicher, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. William L. Sadler, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Thomas Rubinson, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Marsha N. Revel, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Serena R. Murillo, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Teresa P. Magno, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Terrance T. Lewis, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Alan Schneider, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Keith L. Schwartz, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. David Yaroslavsky, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Mark E. Windham, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Yvette Verastegui, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Craig Elliott Veals, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Susan J. Townsend, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon Frank M. Tavelman, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Richard A. Stone, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Wendy Segall, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Michael Latin, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Shannon Knight, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Richard H. Kirschner, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Gregory A. Dohi, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Andrew E. Cooper, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Amy N. Carter, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Deborah S. Brazil, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Kathleen Blanchard, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Mark S. Arnold, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Efrain M. Aceves, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Joseph A. Brandolino, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Christopher W. Dybwad, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Alison M. Estrada, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Elden S. Fox, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Karla D. Kerlin, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Michael K. Kellogg, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Michael V. Jesic, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Eric Harmon, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Rene C. Gilbertson, Judge of the Superior Court
  • Hon. Hank Goldberg, Judge of the Superior Court (ret)
  • Hon. Randolph M. Hammock, Judge of the Superior Court

Individuals (1)

  • Hon. Upinder S. Kalra, Judge of the Superior Court

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judicial elections are non-partisan, therefore candidates should not make statements about their party affiliation. However, there is nothing to prevent a judicial candidate from speaking in broad terms about their beliefs. I do believe that all persons who appear before me as a judge should be afforded the fullest protections guaranteed by the constitution. The courtroom must be a forum where the rights of individuals are respected and all are given an equal opportunity to fairly present their case.  

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