The Honorable Ray A. Santana

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 090


The Hon. Ray A. Santana is a Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Barry A. Taylor. Santana won re-election in 2010 unopposed. He was re-elected in 2016 defeating his opponent for Office 120 of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Santana was misdiagnosed with very early-stage Parkinson’s disease in February 2016, but that diagnosis was revised in January 2018 based on subsequent MRI tests that showed no Parkinson’s disease.

Judge Santana began his undergraduate studies at Yale University in 1970. He transferred to Stanford University after his freshman year where he graduated with honors and distinction, double majoring in political science and communications. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1973. He remained at Stanford where he earned his M.A. in Education in 1974. After graduating with his master’s degree, Santana earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. (He attended Stanford Law School as a visiting student in 1976-1977.)

Upon graduating from law school, he joined the nonprofit California Rural Legal Assistance in 1977 as an attorney. After two years with the advocacy group, he joined the San Fernando Legal Aid in 1979 as a staff attorney. Then, in 1981 Santana became a Public Defender for the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office, where he remained until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2008. Santana served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California in 1984.

Judge Santana presided over the Teen Court for Roosevelt High School from 2009-2016.

He has been a member of the Mexican American Bar Association.

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