Judge Márquez-Britsch’s parents had originally come to the United States as migrant farm workers. They eventually opened a restaurant in Sacramento, where their daughter, Raquel, attended Bishop Manogue High School. In 1983 and 1984, she participated in Mock Trial as a defense attorney. Two local prosecutors coached the team. Her all-girl team won at the county level competition and then competed at the state level where, she says, “for my efforts, I was lucky enough to receive Best Defense Attorney of the Year.” She went on to attend Santa Clara University, and then UCLA Law School. After 20 years of service as a prosecutor, in 2011 she became the first Latina appointed as a judge to the Riverside County Superior Court.
- Bachelor from Santa Clara University
- JD from University of California, Los Angeles
- Deputy District Attorney at Riverside County (1991 to 2011)