In 2017, Governor Brown appointed Nancy Ramirez judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court where she presides over juvenile dependency cases.
Prior to her appointment, Judge Ramirez served as Western Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights law firm.Prior to MALDEF, Judge Ramirez was the executive director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (“LACLJ”), a nonprofit community law office that provides free legal services to indigent persons.
She was the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching Litigation and Legislative Strategies for Latino Civil Rights Advocacy in the fall of 2016 and 2017. In 2003, she was an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law teaching legal writing to first year students.
Judge Ramirez is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1987 graduate of U.C. Berkeley with High Honors.