SOURCE: Robert Retana for Superior Court Judge 2010

Robert Retana for Superior Court Judge 2010

January 12, 2010 11:01 ET

AOC's Office of the General Counsel Attorney Robert Retana Kicks Off Campaign for San Francisco Superior Court Judge

Accomplished Litigator Will Bring Experience, Qualifications and Excellent Temperament to the Bench

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) - Robert Retana, an attorney for the Office of the General Counsel of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), is running for San Francisco Superior Court Judge in the June 8, 2010 election. Retana, a former Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, has litigated cases on both the civil and criminal sides, as well as serving as a Judge Pro Tem since 2001. He is an accomplished litigator who has the experience, qualifications and temperament San Francisco needs in a Superior Court Judge. He currently provides legal advice and services to judges and courts within the California judicial system.

The Robert Retana for Superior Court Judge Campaign Kick-Off will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Sens Restaurant, Embarcadero 4, Promenade Level, in San Francisco. Members of the media are welcomed to attend. Retana is available for interviews.

"Given the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco bench does not reflect the people of San Francisco or California," said Retana, who is Latino. According to the Judicial Council of California, as of December 2008, data of race/ethnicity of judicial officers shows the following percentage of judges in California's judicial system, including the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and Trial Courts: Asian (4.7%), Black (5.0%) Latino (7.1%), Pacific Islander (0.2%) and Whites (72.6%). Further, the ethnic makeup of judges serving on the San Francisco Superior Court includes: Asian (12.5%), Black (6.3%), Latino (4.2%), and Whites (77.1%). "Overall, these numbers reveal a strong ethnic disparity. Diversity on the bench signals to all members of our society that they can trust that justice will be applied with fairness," emphasized Retana.

Moreover, it has been reported that only one openly gay person has been appointed by the Governor in all of California. Retana, who is gay, continued: "The staggeringly low number of judicial appointments of qualified Latino and gay individuals certainly does not represent California demographics, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. We need to be able to demonstrate, especially to our youth, that diversity is thriving in California and that there are opportunities for people of all backgrounds and orientations."

Retana has experience litigating cases at two of the Bay Area's most prestigious law firms, where he has represented a wide array of clients, from pro bono cases for low income individuals to complex litigation for large companies. He is also a former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney, having worked in a unit that prosecuted felony domestic violence cases.

Retana lives in Eureka Valley-San Francisco with his partner, Tony Valle, and their two dogs, Nico and Tigre. For more information please visit:

Among those endorsing Retana are State Senator Leland Yee; Assemblyman Joe Coto; San Francisco Supervisor David Campos; San Francisco Superior Court Judges: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos, Hon. Susan Breall, Hon. Gail Dekreon, Hon. Charles Haines, Hon. Teri L. Jackson, and Hon. Gerardo Sandoval; Hon. Carrie A. Zepeda, Santa Clara Superior Court and Hon. Marie S. Weiner, San Mateo Superior Court; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the UFW and Dolores Huerta Foundation; Peter Borkon, Former Co-Chair of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel; Dr. Carlota del Portillo, Dean, City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus; Bruce Simon, Pearson, Simon, et al.; Law Office of Ricardo De Alba; Anamaria Loya, Executive Director, La Raza Centro Legal; Louise Renne, former City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Sarah Shaker, Executive Director, Instituto Laboral de la Raza; and Charles Tillage, former President of the Barrister's Club of the San Francisco Bar Association.

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