Division Three: Associate Justice Luis A. Lavin

Division Three: Justice Luis Lavin Justice Luis A. Lavin is an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. He was appointed to that position by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2015. Justice Lavin is co-chair of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness. Since joining the Court of Appeal, he has also served as a justice pro tempore on the California Supreme Court.

Before his elevation to the Court of Appeal, Justice Lavin served for more than thirteen years as a trial judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court and presided over civil, criminal, and family law cases. Prior to his appointment to the trial court, he was Director of Enforcement and General Counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Before that, Justice Lavin served as a senior trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He had previously been in private practice, where he specialized in employment and commercial litigation.

Justice Lavin has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, and USC School of Law. He was also an instructor of judicial education for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research and the Los Angeles Superior Court.

A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Cuba, Justice Lavin attended public schools in New York City before graduating from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.