The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. to serve as a federal judge in the Central District of California, where he was once an assistant U.S. attorney.
The UCLA Law School graduate fills the vacancy created when former U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins retired in August 2014. Including the appointment of Blumenfeld, the Central District of California has 28 authorized judgeships, seven of which are currently unfilled.
The Central District is comprised of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and serves more than 19.6 million people, nearly half the state’s population.
Blumenfeld was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2006 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and has handled criminal, civil and other state law matters, including more than 200 trials.
He was the supervising site judge at the Alhambra courthouse from 2012 to 2013, and, since 2016, has served as an assistant supervising judge of the Pasadena, Alhambra, Glendale and Burbank courthouses.
From December 2015 to June 2016, he sat by designation on the California Court of Appeal for the Second District.
Blumenfeld has been an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law since 2009, and taught at Southwestern Law School from 2011 to 2014. He has taught courses in criminal law and procedure, remedies, and trial advocacy.
From 1993 to 2006, Blumenfeld was with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he became a partner in 1998. While at the firm, he worked as trial and appellate counsel, primarily in commercial, white collar, environmental and healthcare litigation. He also served as co-chair of the healthcare practice and environmental law groups.
Blumenfeld worked on several pro bono matters during his time at O’Melveny, including serving as co-general counsel for the California Governor’s Advisory Panel on Hate Groups from 1999 to 2000.
From 1989 to 1993, Blumenfeld was a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California’s Civil Division, where he represented federal agencies in trial and appellate courts on a wide range of matters, including statutory and constitutional challenges, federal tort claims, contract law, civil forfeiture, immigration law, administrative law, federal employment law and environmental law.
After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney from 1993 to 1996.
After graduating from law school, Blumenfeld served as a law clerk to Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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