The Hon. Maria E. Stratton is an Associate Justice for Division Eight of the Second District Court of Appeal in California. She was appointed in June of 2018 by former Governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Madeleine I. Flier. Judge Stratton was originally appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2006 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
She is a registered Democrat.
Stratton received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1975. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law in 1979.
After graduating from law school, Stratton clerked for the late Harry Pregerson with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, starting in 1979. She left her clerkship in 1981 to join the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California as a deputy federal public defender. In 1984 she joined the law firm of Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolph, and Levanas as an associate and a year later she joined the firm Talcott, Lightfoot, Vandevelde, Woehrle, and Sadowsky as an associate. She would subsequentially be named a partner in 1987 and then ultimately become a managing partner for the firm. In 1993 Stratton re-joined the Federal Public Defender's Office as the first woman to be named chief federal public defender for the Los Angeles office. She remained there until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2006.
During her time on the Superior Court, Judge Stratton served as a presiding judge for the Probate Court and an assistant supervising judge for the Van Nuys Criminal Branch.
Some of her awards have included the 2001 Defense Attorney of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, the 2003 Morton Herbert Service Award, and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service.
Judge Stratton enjoys gardening.
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