Allow me to introduce 2/7 Presiding Justice Dennis M. Perluss.
Criteria Match. Justice Perluss had “a rapid rise in the judiciary” and was among Governor Davis’ “first group of trial court appointees,” according to the Met News. Governor Davis appointed him to the Superior Court in 1999, elevated him to the Court of Appeal in 2001, and named him 2/7 PJ in 2003. Justice Perluss is 62.
Bonus Criteria Match. Governor Davis submitted Justice Perluss to the JNE commission as a possible successor to California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk. That vacancy was eventually filled by . . . Carlos Moreno.
Credentials. Justice Perluss graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Law Review. He was Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford. He clerked for 9th Circuit Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
Before taking the bench, Justice Perluss handled complex financial and constitutional cases at trial and on appeal, most recently at Morrison & Foerster.
His court leadership roles include chairing the Judicial Council's Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee and serving on several Supreme Court Advisory Task Forces.
His community involvement includes service as Deputy General Counsel of the LAPD’s Christopher Commission, President of the LACBA Barristers, and director on the boards of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Public Counsel, and the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.