Johnson, Miguda-Armstead to Retire From Los Angeles Superior Court Judgeships

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Metropolitan News-Enterprise


September 15, 2020




Johnson, Miguda-Armstead to
Retire From Los Angeles Superior Court Judgeships

Miguda-Armstead Will Head ‘Care First, Jails Last’ Program


a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judges
Barbara R. Johnson and Songhai Miguda-Armstead are retiring from the bench this
month, with Miguda-Armstead readying to become executive director of the Los
Angeles County’s “Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative.”








Los Angeles Superior Court Judges


The program Miguda-Armstead will head is
under the county’s Chief Executive Office. She will coordinate efforts of
county departments and community groups aimed at establishing a “care first,
jails last” policy.

She commented:

“I am honored to be selected for this
great opportunity. I have been shaped by my own life experiences—and even more
by being able to serve and listen to those most impacted by trauma and the
justice system.

“I look forward to bringing all of my
energies to this important effort to create innovative alternatives for people
who deserve to get well in the community, not in a jail cell.”

The program was established on March 10 by
a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors.

Miguda-Armstead, 44, whose last workday
was Friday, will leave her judicial post Sept. 25. She has been a judge for
slightly more than five years.


Johnson, 66, whose last actual day on the
bench was Aug. 21, will use up available vacation days and officially retire on
Sept. 30.

Highlighting Johnson’s career on the bench
was serving as presiding judge of the Superior Court’s Appellate Division.

She was appointed to the Los Angeles
Municipal Court on Oct. 22, 1993 by then-Governor Pete Wilson, and became a Superior
Court judge in 2000 through trial court unification. Johnson was an assistant
city attorney in Inglewood at the time of her appointment.

A graduate of California Western School of
Law, she was president of the Inglewood District Bar Association in 1988 and
president of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles in 1993.

Johnson did not respond to a reqyest for
comment on her plans and reflections.


Miguda-Armstead—who ran unsuccessfully for
a Los Angeles Superior Court open seat in 2014, losing to now-Judge Teresa
Magno—was named to the bench by then-Gov. Jerry Brown on July 16, 2015. At the
time of the appointment, she was a Los Angeles supervising deputy city

She went to work for the City Attorney’s
Office after graduating in 2003 from the law school at UCLA, where she was
student body president.

Miguda-Armstead also had, on the side, her
own conflict resolution firm, which she founded in 2012.


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