Written by National Association of Women Judges|April 14, 2017|News

On April 14, 2017, the Honorable Patricia Garcia (pictured above far left) chaired the Color of Justice program in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego’s South County Division for students from Southwest High School in San Diego.

The program included a panel discussion on law as a career called Preparing the Way and Making a Difference. Panelists included Carlos Valera, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office; and Andrea Mangarin, Deputy Public Defender,   Office of the Public Defender. Afterwards, students participated in a speed mentoring activity where they spent three minutes with each mentor (28).

Mentors for the day included:

• Superior Court Judge Edward P. Allard III

• Superior Court Commissioner James T. Atkins

• Julie Cepeda, Attorney at Law

• Assistant Presiding Judge Peter C. Deddeh

• Superior Court Judge Ana España

• Bree Garcia, Deputy District Attorney

• Jerry Gonzales, Deputy District Attorney

• Honorable Garry G. Haehnle

• Shonte Hobson, Deputy Public Defender

• Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema

• Isaac Jackson, Deputy District Attorney

• Superior Court Judge Sharon L. Kalemkiarian

• Chelsea Kopp, Deputy Public Defender

• Superior Court Judge Maryann D’Addezio Kotler

• Hannah Kuhami, Deputy Public Defender

• Roxanne Lopez, Attorney at Law

• Thomas McClain, Deputy District Attorney

• Andrea Mangarin, Deputy Public Defender

• Superior Court Judge Dwayne K. Moring

• Lizbet Munoz, Attorney at Law

• Brianne Murphy, Deputy Public Defender

• Monique Myers, Deputy District Attorney

• Miguel Penalosa, Deputy Public Defender

• Paul Romero, Deputy Public Defender

• Superior Court Judge John B. Scherling,

• Eric Tran, Deputy District Attorney

• Carlos Valera, Deputy District Attorney

• Amanda Waddle, Deputy Public Defender

Students were supported by Southwest High School teacher Joel Rodroguez. A special thank you to San Diego Superior Court Community Outreach & Education staffers Julie Myres, Amoreena Urbeck, Deanna King for coordinating this popular event. Assistant Dean of Admissions Jorge Garcia and the University of San Diego School of Law provided college and law school materials for student bags.

For more information about Color of Justice in San Diego contact San Diego Superior Court Judge Tamila Ipema.

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