Resident Appointed to L.A. County Superior Court

Rupa S. Goswami has lived in City Since 2008

Governor Brown recently appointed South Pasadena resident Rupa S. Goswami to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

An immigrant from India, Rupa grew up in rural Ohio and Florida.  A working mom, she has served as a federal prosecutor for the past twelve years at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.  Her work protecting child victims of sexual exploitation, environmental crime, and endangered species has been recognized by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI, and the Humane Society of the United States.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she clerked for Honorable Nora Manella, then-U.S. District Judge, and for the late Honorable Terence T. Evans of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.  Rupa also practiced civil litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Los Angeles.  A graduate of the University of Chicago and UCLA, Rupa holds both an MBA in finance and a JD.  She has been active in community service in the county and state.  A former JNE commissioner, Rupa has served as a pro tem judge, a teen court moderator, and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Loyola Law School.  Rupa has been a long-time board member of SABA-SC and currently serves as its Co-President.

She has been recognized by SABA-SC’s Public Interest Foundation and the National South Asian Bar Association for her public service and community outreach efforts.

She and her husband, Timothy J. Searight, a federal prosecutor, have lived in South Pasadena since 2008.

Honorable Nora Manella, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, adds, “Rupa is an extraordinary person.  She brings to the bench a wealth of talent, stellar academic and professional credentials, and a breadth of human experience that spans continents and cultures.  She will be a judge whose legal acumen is exceeded only by her expansive understanding of human nature.  Her appointment is a credit to the Governor and a gift to the lawyers and litigants who will appear before her.”

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