Burt Pines

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Burt Pines
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
Incumbent
Assumed office
2003
Appointed by Gray Davis
Preceded by Laurie D. Zelon
Los Angeles City Attorney
In office
1973–1981
Preceded by Roger Arnebergh
Succeeded by Ira Reiner
Personal details
Alma mater University of Southern California
New York University School of Law

Burt Pines is a California attorney and politician. He served as Los Angeles City Attorney from 1973 to 1981 and has served as a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2003.

Early life and education[edit]

Pines was born Burt Landeau, the only child of Charles Landeau and Ruth Pines.[1] His parents divorced when Pines was a year old, and his mother changed his name to Pines shortly thereafter.[1] Pines graduated from the University of Southern California and then from the New York University Law School.[1]

Political career[edit]

Pines was elected Los Angeles City Attorney in 1973 and served two terms in office.[2] He declined to run for a third term in 1981, instead endorsing Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Ronka.[2]

In 1978, Pines was considered the early front-runner in the Democratic primary for California Attorney General, but lost the primary race to Congresswoman Yvonne Braithwaite Burke.[3]

In December 1998, incoming California Governor Gray Davis selected Pines to serve as his judicial appointments secretary.[4]

Judicial service[edit]

In June 2003, when it appeared almost certain that a recall election against Governor Gray Davis would be certified and while still serving as judicial appointments secretary, Pines himself applied for a judgeship.[5] The recall election was certified on July 23,[5] and during the October special election voters recalled Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new governor. On November 11, 2003, as one of the many appointments during his final days in office, Davis appointed Pines to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[6] Pines filled the vacancy created when Judge Laurie Zelon was elevated to the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles County.[6]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greene, Robert (December 29, 2000). "Accomplished Attorney and Politician, He Now Presses for Excellence on the Bench". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Grace, Roger M. (November 4, 2009). "Further Prequel to 1984 DA’s Race: City Attorney Reiner Breaches Legal Ethics". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Overend, William (August 17, 1986). "Stephen Reinhardt of 9th Circuit : Liberal U.S. Judge Swims Against Conservative Tide". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lesher, Dave (December 12, 1998). "2 L.A. Political Veterans Picked to Advise Davis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Guccione, Jean; Dolan, Maura (August 14, 2003). "Davis Has Appointed Cluster of Judges Since Recall Qualified for the Ballot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Watson, David (November 13, 2003). "Davis Names Pines, Five Others to Los Angeles Superior Court". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 


Preceded by
Roger Arnebergh
Los Angeles City Attorney
Burt Pines

1973–81
Succeeded by
Ira Reiner