The Hon. Sam Ohta is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court in 1998 by former governor Pete Wilson. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Joseph Riggio.
Judge Ohta received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985. He went on to receive his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1989.
After graduating from law school, Ohta joined the law firm of Jones, Day Reavis, and Pogue in 1989 as an associate. In 1991 he became a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. He joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in 1994 as a deputy district attorney. He was serving as a prosecutor for the D.A.'s office at the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1998.
His memberships have included the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Japanese American Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific City Attorney's Association.
Ohta taught as an adjunct assistant professor for Glendale University College of Law starting in 2012.
In 2019 Judge Ohta was one of twelve judges appointed to the Pretrial Reform and Operations Workgroup. This group was initiated to review the progress being made in regards to the California justice system reforms involving pretrial detention.
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