Updated: Apr 22
“The American legal system can change lives for the good and bring greater justice and equity with the right leadership. Marina Torres will bring that leadership to our legal system,” said Judge Winikow.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Honorable Judge Jeff Winikow endorsed the Los Angeles City Attorney candidacy of Marina A. Torres. As an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Torres has seen robust support from judges, along with community and elected leaders.
“I am honored to have Judge Winikow supporting our campaign,” said Torres.
“The American legal system can change lives for the good and bring greater justice and equity with the right leadership. Marina Torres will bring that leadership to our legal system,” said Judge Winikow. “Being an effective attorney is about listening to and caring about the people involved, precedents set and fairness achieved. Marina understands this, and because of her commitment, Los Angeles will be better off with her influence. I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign and vision for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Judge Jeff Winikow was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. During his tenure, Judge Winikow developed a strong reputation for settling substantial civil cases in the Central District (Mosk Courthouse) and Northeast District (Pasadena). Now he works in private practice as a mediator. Judge Winikow was not only named a "Super Lawyer" for his work in employment litigation, but was named as one of the "Top 100 Super Lawyers" in all of Los Angeles, across all fields of law.
“I am honored to have Judge Winikow supporting our campaign,” said Torres. “I have always admired his collaborative and compassionate approach to the law as an attorney, judge and mediator. His commitment to equity and justice are unparalleled. I look forward to his counsel in the fight to build a better future for Los Angeles.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother’s deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, traveling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
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policy or position of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), or any agency of the U.S. government.
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