LOS ANGELES—Associate Justice Richard M. Mosk of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five (Los Angeles), will retire on March 31, 2016, after nearly 15 years on the bench.
In his March 18, 2016 letter to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., announcing his intent to retire, Associate Justice Mosk wrote, “It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as a Justice of this Court.”
Justice Mosk was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the Court of Appeal in 2001, and was subsequently retained by vote of the people in 2002 and again in 2006. Before his appointment, he was in private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years as an associate, partner, and principal. During this time he also served as a Special Deputy Federal Public Defender, a judge and substitute judge on the Iran – U.S. Claims Tribunal, and as chair and co-chair of the Classification and Rating Administration of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Administrative Presiding Justice Roger Boren commented, “Justice Mosk was a very talented justice, with considerable experiences that made him a very interested and high energy judge. I was very fond of Richard. He often arrived early at the court—even after he became burdened with age—and we sometimes engaged in morning conversations on the topics of the day, which I shall personally miss.”
Justice Mosk was a member of staff to the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Warren Commission), and a law clerk to Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Mathew O. Tobriner. He served on active duty in the air police unit of the California Air National Guard and as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Justice Mosk was a member of the Independent Commission on The Los Angeles Police Department (Christopher Commission), Los Angeles City-County Board of Inquiry on Brush Fires, Los Angeles Commission on Judicial Procedures, Board of Trustees of Los Angeles County Law Library, Board of Directors of the California Museum of Science and Industry, Board of Directors of Town Hall California, and Stanford Athletic Board. He has taught course and given lectures in law schools and universities in the United States and internationally, and has published numerous articles for law reviews and newspapers.
Justice Paul Turner, the presiding justice of Division Five of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District who served with Associate Justice Mosk for 15 years said, “This concludes nearly seven decades of service by the Mosk family as members of the judicial branch of government. No other California family has given so much of their lives in sustained service to people of California as members the California judiciary.”