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Hon. Ramona See

Ramona See is a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. She has been on the bench for over 18 years. After law school, she clerked for United States District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian (ret.) for the Central District of California, and then went into private practice in civil litigation with a focus on products liability, real estate and business litigation. She was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the bench in 1997.

Ramona describes her passion for her work: “I love my work. It is the best job in the world. It changes every day and you touch people’s lives every day. I have been assigned to a general civil assignment for 15 years. I started my civil assignment at, of all places, the Redondo Beach Pier, and yes–I had a view of the ocean and beach from my chambers! When I was at the pier, I had the quintessential case–a surfing gang dispute over certain surf breaks and territory.”

Ramona and her husband, Robert, have been married for 23 years. They enjoy travel, skiing, and scuba diving. Ramona approaches her pastimes with the same strength and determination she shows on the bench. Even a painful ACL tear did not dull her zest for her passion. “I blew out my ACL skiing in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco last year and had to have ACL cadaver replacement surgery–I’ve had previous ACL replacement on my other knee,” Ramona says with no regret. “I also had to ski down the mountain with the injury, as there was no ski patrol. Not fun, but Morocco was amazing otherwise.”

In addition to her work on the bench, Ramona has been extremely busy with her American Bar Association responsibilities. A longtime active member of the association, she is currently on the ABA Board of Governors as a judicial member-at-large. She is the former chair of the Judicial Division Judicial Clerkship Program and vice-chair of the ABA JD Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary. She was vice-president and board member of the California Judges Association, a board member of the California Judges Foundation, Chair of the Civil Education Committee for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, and chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges.

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