About Judge Armendariz

About Judge Armendariz 2018-05-29T20:28:01+00:00

Judge Lucy Armendariz
State Bar Court of California

Making A Difference

A native Angeleno, Lucy Armendariz grew up in the East LA community of Boyle Heights. Thrust into LA’s foster care system at age 10, she bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education. A graduate of Roosevelt High School, she majored in Sociology and Economics at UCLA and earned her law degree from U.C. Hastings School of Law.

Realizing then how fortunate she was to have faced such adversity at so young an age and overcome her challenges, Lucy has since been determined to “pay it forward.”

Lucy has served as Los Angeles Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Counsel to both the California Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety. Appointed by Governor Gray Davis, she has also served as the ombudsman for women’s prisons in California.

Judge Lucy Armendariz was appointed to the bench of the State Bar Court of California in 2007 and has since maintained a heavy docket of cases including trials, motion hearings and status conferences. She has volunteered as a commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a board member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls.

Judge Armendariz was recently recognized as a “California Latina Treasure” by HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.

On a personal note, Lucy is the proud mother of her daughter Jourdan who is now a freshman in college.

Experience  •  Ethics  •  Compassion  •  Integrity

With her longstanding commitment to public service, Judge Armendariz understands that a judge is, first foremost, a servant of the people. She knows that her decisions as a judge have real world consequences for the individuals who appear before her, and she brings that compassion to the bench with her every day. Judge Armendariz envisions a court where everyone has equal access to the law. 

Experience
Ethics
Compassion
Integrity

With her longstanding commitment to public service, Judge Armendariz understands that a judge is, first foremost, a servant of the people. She knows that her decisions as a judge have real world consequences for the individuals who appear before her, and she brings that compassion to the bench with her every day. Judge Armendariz envisions a court where everyone has equal access to the law. 

Professional Experience

  • Judge, State Bar Court of California, San Francisco
  • Chief of Staff – Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero
  • District Director & Counsel – Committee on Correctional System
  • Counsel – Assembly Committee on Public Safety
  • Ombudsman – CA Department of Corrections
  • Legal Consultant – Assembly Member Robert M. Hertzberg
  • Counsel – Senate Committee of Public Safety
  • Admitted to the California State Bar 1997

Service in the Community

  • Commissioner – appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care
  • Board of Directors – Leadership California
  • Member – Hispanics Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

Education

  • JD (1997) – U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
  • TELACU Scholarship recipient; Public Interest Law Scholar
  • BA (1993), Sociology w/Business Administration specialization – UCLA