Justice Swears In New Leal-Trejo Associate

Justice Swears In New Leal-Trejo Associate

California State Supreme Court Associate Justice Carlos Moreno recently visited the law offices of Leal & Trejo in downtown Los Angeles to meet with Managing Partner Francisco Leal and to swear in a new first-year associate.

“We’re privileged that the Honorable Carlos Moreno paid a visit to Leal & Trejo offices to say hello and talk shop,” Leal said. “Justice Moreno and I first met more than 15 years ago when we were both active with the Mexican-American Bar Association. We’ve remained friends and colleagues ever since.”

Justice Moreno, who graduated from Yale Law School, started his career in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and then worked in private practice for eight years. In the mid 1980s, Justice Moreno served on the Los Angeles Municipal Court and was later appointed to Los Angeles County Superior Court. In 1998, President Clinton nominated Justice Moreno for the federal bench and he was unanimously confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by the U.S. Senate.

Judge Moreno, who has served on the California State Supreme Court since 2001, came to the firm at Leal’s request to swear in L&T first-year associate Ruth Diep and enjoy a catered lunch with L&T staff. Diep, a law clerk who has worked at L&T for more than 12 months, graduated from Loyola Law School in May and passed the State Bar last month.

“It’s truly an honor to meet and be sworn in by State Supreme Court Justice Moreno on my first day as a practicing attorney,” Diep said. “It was a very special moment for me and my parents, who attended the ceremony.”

Diep will concentrate on education and special-education issues related to existing L&T clients including the City of Huntington Park, the City of Maywood, the Lynwood Unified School District and the Bassett Unified School District in La Puente, among others.

Since September 2006, Diep served as an L&T law clerk researching and drafting memoranda for a variety of government entities, public agencies and school districts throughout Southern California.

Prior to joining L&T, Diep served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and for Superior Court Judge Peter Polos in Santa Ana.

In addition to her law degree, Diep graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Her 3.72 GPA also earned her a place on the Dean’s Honor List for three years and a Phi Beta Kappa membership. Diep also served as a press intern for House Speaker Dennis Hastert in Washington, D.C.