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Judge Armendariz has presided over cases at the State Bar Court of California for over a decade.  Appointed to the bench in 2007, Judge Armendariz maintains a heavy docket of cases that includes trials, motion hearings and status conferences.  She submits substantive decisions and recommendations for review and approval by the California Supreme Court.

Judge Armendariz served as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero in Los Angeles, and gained extensive experience at the Capitol in Sacramento through her service as Counsel to both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety.  Governor Gray Davis appointed Judge Armendariz as the Ombudsman for women’s prisons in California. 

Motivated by her experiences as a foster child, Judge Armendariz has a long history of involvement in her community.  Thrust into the foster care system at age 10, Judge Armendariz bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education.  Determined to “pay it forward”, Judge Armendariz has volunteered her time as a Commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a Board Member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls. 

Judge Armendariz grew up in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights, and is a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  As an undergraduate at UCLA she majored in Sociology and Economics. She earned her law degree in 1997 from U.C. Hastings School of Law.  Judge Armendariz was recently recognized as a “California Latina Treasure” by HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.  


For more information about Judge Armendariz and upcoming campaign events see: https://judgelucy2018.com

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