Why you should vote for Myanna Dellinger

  • Myanna is a neutral law professor.
  • Myanna has unique behind-the-scenes judicial experience: She worked on hundreds of civil, criminal, and administrative cases with and for judges for years, helping them achieve faster-than usual case processing times. She will step right into the role of being an efficient judge with broad experience.
  • Judges must be adept at interpreting legal materials: Myanna is an excellent legal researcher and writer: she has published more than 350,000 words in highly ranked journals and is a top 10% author on the global scientific network SSRN for the third year in a row.
  • Myanna is a Fulbright Scholar in climate change law and policy for the United States Department of State.
  • Myanna has great people skills and is used to working professionally face to face with hundreds of people every week as a law professor in an ABA-accredited law school.
  • She enjoys meaningful support from a broad segment of society (see her endorsements).
  • Myanna pays it forward: As a law professor, she has taught 1,400 attorneys how to practice law efficiently and ethically. She works pro bono on criminal, immigration and LGBT cases.
  • Recent events have shown that in excessive force cases, prosecutors may give too much to the deference to the police. Sometimes, they are not neutral when it comes to considering prosecuting officers for misconduct. The judiciary is a separate and neutral government branch under the U.S. Constitution. Diversity on the bench is thus key. I would be a neutral judge of the facts and law in these cases.
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Personal Values*

Support our peers

Everyone in America deserves a chance on equal footing with all others. That goes for legal issues too. Myanna believes that some people might be entitled to some special consideration. This includes including minority groups such as:

people of color,

women,

immigrants (although she does not promote open borders),

LGBT people,

veterans,

the homeless.

Women, Guns, Hate, and Climate Change

Myanna believes in a woman’s right to chose (which is still the law of the land). She believes in climate change which disproportionately affects people of color and the already poor (“environmental justice”).

She believes in gun violence prevention strategies and other appropriate government regulation.

Hate crimes must be punished to the full extent of the law.

Modern sentencing practices should be examined when traditional sentences are counter-productive.

Myanna Dellinger at a BLM protest in Santa Monica - Vote!

Reliability

  • More than 100 judges, government representatives, and researchers have cited to Myanna’s work. This demonstrates accuracy, reliability, and high quality.
  • She graduated as number one in her law school class earning the honorary title Order of the Coif.
  • Myanna is a Fulbright Scholar in climate change law and policy.
  • Your judges should be able to read and write accurately every day. Myanna does that exceptionally well.

Diversity

The bench needs more diversity. It should resemble LA demographics.  As a woman and first-generation immigrant, Myanna understands the unique challenges met by females and other minorities in today’s diverse society. Myanna is the only female running for a seat on the bench which is approx. 75% male. Myanna is a neutral law professor and could render fresh, high-quality input to the LA judiciary.

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Justice reform

The criminal justice system needs reform. This includes taking a hard look at who we elect to be judges. Approx. 45% of the judges in LA come from prosecutorial backgrounds ("deputy district attorneys"). The bench needs diversity of life experiences besides the typical career prosecutor, who might be more inclined to sentence too harshly. Other life experiences would add to the diversity of perspective on the bench and people who would be willing to consider rehabilitation in the appropriate case as opposed to jail as the answer. Neutrality and outside views are key.

As Myanna has never worked with police officers as a prosecutor (“district attorney”), she would weigh police officer testimony fairly.

Myanna has not accepted law enforcement funds or endorsements! See her endorsements here.

Myanna will provide a critical, neutral voice.

With high integrity, Myanna believes that the truth and facts matter.

There should be no policing without legal accountability – no one is above the law (of course, not all police officers are bad). We need the police for some societal functions.

We need new models for public safety for all, especially minorities.

Myanna has the courage to do the right thing. She will not be a rubber stamp.

Black Lives Matter

Select Endorsements

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East Area Progressive Democrats

Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters (D)

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National Women's Political Caucus

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Jackie Goldberg

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Fight 2 Save Black LA

*Note that judges to a very large extent do not create law; they interpret and apply it. Myanna will do so without bias and prejudice based on her extensive experience in the law and communications. She will follow precedent and all judicial and professional Canons of Ethics, professional rules of conduct and, of course, the U.S. and California Constitutions. This includes, if it comes to it, enforcing Roe v. Wade, which is the law of the land. The above viewpoints merely reflect Myanna’s personal views on select overall issues about which she is often asked to facilitate voters' choice even though she is “only” running for judge. Myanna is not giving her opinion any particular case case that may come before her.