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SABA Supports Sanjay Kumar for Judge on June 5th

SABA-SC ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR JUDGE KUMAR ON JUNE 5, 2012

As many of you know, an esteemed member of the South Asian legal community, the Honorable Sanjay Kumar, is being professionally challenged in the upcoming June 5th primary.

Judge Kumar has been an exceptional member of the judiciary for nearly 12 years, praised for his strong work ethic, balanced demeanor, and intellect. “He’s a fabulous judge,” Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon says. “He’s excelled in every position he’s held on the court.” Indeed, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court named Judge Kumar to sit on assignment in the California Court of Appeals for 16 of the past 24 months.

SABA-SC strongly encourages members to vote for Judge Kumar on June 5, 2012, help “get out the vote” and support Judge Kumar in his re-election effforts to save his job.

Along with SABA-SC, Judge Sanjay Kumar is being endorsed by over 100 judges, including 13 Court of Appeal justices and others.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
AN UPCOMING FUNDRAISER FOR JUDGE KUMAR TO BE HELD May 17, 2012
Fine Arts Building, Downtown LA 5:30 pm.
More details to follow soon

A MESSAGE FROM JUDGE SANJAY KUMAR

Dear South Asian Friends,

I have been on the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2001 and am at risk of losing my position as a judge solely because I have a South Asian name.
In California, the Governor appoints judges for six-year terms. Every six years the appointed judge is ”up for election.” In other words, once a judge completes a six-year term, an attorney with more than ten years of experience may challenge a sitting judge in an election. Typically nobody runs against a sitting judge because it is very difficult to unseat a sitting judge. Six years ago nobody ran against me so my name did not appear on the ballot and I was given another six-year term.
A few years ago, an attorney named Lynn Olson challenged a sitting judge who had a foreign name — Dzintra Janavs. Olson was assisted by a campaign consultant named Fred Huebscher. In an interview with a bar association journal, Huebscher explained the victory: “People couldn’t pronounce that name, they didn’t know what [ethnicity] she was and they didn’t know if she was a man or a woman, . . . you couldn’t come up with a worse name if you tried. I knew we could win that race.”

I have been told that Huebscher is now assisting my challenger Kim Smith, an attorney who does misdemeanor prosecutions for the City of Hawthorne. Based on news reports, it appears Smith believes people will not vote for me because, like Dzintra Janavs , I have a foreign-sounding name.
Although I have been referred to in the press as “one of the finest judges in the state,” and theLos Angeles Times endorsed me with high praise (i.e., “Kumar is one of the court’s superstars . . .”) I am required to run an expensive campaign to save my job.
I hope you will join me in an effort to defeat my opponent and send a message that the South Asian community will not stand for such an attack. Any support is helpful whether it be financial, by “liking” my Facebook page (search “Re-elect Judge Sanjay Kumar”), or by encouraging people to vote via email blasts.
Financial contributions may be made on-line at www.kumarforjudge.com. You may also visitkumarforjudge.com for links to all of the news stories about the election.

Thank you for your support,
Judge Sanjay Kumar

South Asian Bar Association of Southern California P.O. Box 4587, Cerritoes, CA 90703-4587
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