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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 126

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Rene Caldwell Gilbertson

Senior Deputy County Counsel, County of Los Angeles
635,811 votes (58.12%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will strive to protect children and the community.
  • I will be fair to all parties who appear before me.
  • I will work hard each day to improve the judicial system and the lives of Los Angeles County citizens.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Senior Deputy County Counsel, LA County Counsel
Senior Deputy County Counsel, County of Los Angeles (1999–current)

Education

Wake Forest University; Wake Forest University School of Law Bachelor of Arts; Juris Doctor (1992)

Biography

  • Handles child abuse cases in Los Angeles Juvenile Court
  • Served as Legal Advisor for the County Sheriff's Department
  • Represented indigent children and youth in the foster care system
  • Dedicated 24 years to protecting the children of Los Angeles County

 

  • For the past 24 years, Ms. Gilbertson has worked primarily in the area of juvenile law, to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ensure that necessary services are provided to children and families.  She began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at The Alliance for Children’s Rights and, by 1995, became the Interim Executive Director. In 1996, Ms. Gilbertson began representing children in the juvenile dependency arena at Children’s Law Center Los Angeles (formerly Dependency Court Legal Services). 
  • Since 1999, Ms. Gilbertson has worked in the Office of the County Counsel where she litigates child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the County.  Over the years, she has also served as Legal Advisor to the Sheriff’s Department and as advisor to the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors.
  • In her private life, Ms. Gilbertson has been married for 25 years to Jack Gilbertson, and they have 4 children, Taylor, Stanton, Robert and Devin.  A former cancer survivor, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach and is a member of the Palos Verdes Chapter of the National Charities League, a service organization for mothers and daughters.  She formerly served as Parent Advisor for her son’s Los Hermanos public service club and was a Cub Scout Leader for Saint John Fisher Parish Troop 191 for 5 years.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • The Honorable Kevin C. Brazile, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 36

Organizations (2)

  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 36
  • East Area Progressive Democrats

Elected Officials (1)

  • The Honorable Patrick Furey, Mayor, City of Torrance

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Rene Caldwell Gilbertson:

Voters should evaluate a candidate based on integrity, experience and  proven track record of service.

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Rene Caldwell Gilbertson:

Those of us who are a part of our judicial system must continue the conversation about adequate services and adequate access to justice.  We are all in this together, and it will take everyone's voice being heard to ensure that everyone in our country has equal opportunity and access to legal assistance.    Judges must actively participate on committees and in other forums in order to continue this dialogue.

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Rene Caldwell Gilbertson:

California has been in need of bail reform.  The recent First District Court of Appeal (Humphrey) case gives direction in this regard and emphasizes that the bail system should not imprison a defendant solely because of poverty and an inability to afford bail. Unaffordable bail must be justfied by factors that show that the defendant is too dangerous to release.  

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Elect Rene Caldwell Gilbertson to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Office 126

Summary

I have worked in the area of juvenile law for 24 years, protecting the rights of children throughout the County of Los Angeles.  I am fair, dedicated and experienced, and I will work every day to improve our judicial system for all of our citizens.

For the past 24 years, Ms. Gilbertson has worked primarily in the area of juvenile law, to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ensure that necessary services are provided to children and families.  She began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at The Alliance for Children’s Rights and, by 1995, became the Interim Executive Director. In 1996, Ms. Gilbertson began representing children in the juvenile dependency arena at Children’s Law Center Los Angeles (formerly Dependency Court Legal Services).  
 
Since 1999, Ms. Gilbertson has worked in the Office of the County Counsel where she litigates child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the County.  Over the years, she has also served as Legal Advisor to the Sheriff’s Department and as advisor to the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors.
 
In her private life, Ms. Gilbertson has been married for 25 years to Jack Gilbertson, and they have 4 children, Taylor, Stanton, Robert and Devin.  A former cancer survivor, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach and is a member of the Palos Verdes Chapter of the National Charities League, a service organization for mothers and daughters.  She formerly served as Parent Advisor for her son’s Los Hermanos public service club and was a Cub Scout Leader for Saint John Fisher Parish Troop 191 for 5 years.

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