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.
Judge Santana graduated with honors and distinction, double majoring in political science and communications, with 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.
Upon graduating from law school, he joined the nonprofit California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. in 1977 as an attorney. After two years with the advocacy group, he joined the San Fernando Legal Aid in 1979 as an 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 the 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.
Judge Santana suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
J.D. from University of California, Berkeley Boat Hall School of Law (1977)
M.A. from Stanford University (1974) (Education)
B.A. from Stanford University (1973) (Political Science and Communications, Graduated with Honors and Distinction)
Deputy Public Defender at Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1981 to 2008)
Attorney General at State of California (1984 to 1984)
Attorney at San Fernando Legal Aid in Los Angeles County, California (1979 to 1981)
Attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance (1977 to 1979)
Judge at Teen Court, Roosevelt High School (2009 to 2016)