Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas 213-974-2222
Ridley-Thomas Selects Respected Attorney,
Advocate to Fill Senior Justice Deputy Slot
Richard P. Fajardo brings to the Second District more than a quarter century of civil litigation experience and advocacy
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Richard P. Fajardo, a respected lawyer and advocate who was the lead attorney in a voting rights case that resulted in a court-ordered redrawing of supervisorial districts in Los Angeles County, has joined the staff of Supervisor
Mr. Fajardo has more than a quarter century of civil litigation experience and advocacy and will advise the supervisor on matters relating to the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, and Public Defender’s Office. He will also be the Supervisor’s point person on probation issues and gang prevention and suppression efforts.
In his most recent job, Mr. Fajardo was an attorney with a private practice in
Mr. Fajardo made his mark in redistricting and voting rights cases, as well as election law matters. As an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), he was lead attorney in the historical voting rights lawsuit, Garza v.
The 1990 case demonstrated a history of discrimination against Latinos in the County. It resulted in the redrawing of County Supervisorial Districts and the subsequent election of Gloria Molina to the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Fajardo has represented candidates in election recounts, contests and other election related matters
“Richard Fajardo is well equipped to deal with justice and public safety issues as he has work on many cases involving law enforcement,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “I know him be a diligent worker with broad policy experience at various levels of government. Richard has already begun doing the hard work of reducing violence by joining LA County's new gang violence reduction initiative.”
Mr. Fajardo received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from
Fajardo is the author of The Status of Women and Minorities in California State Government Employment 1977 to 1992 (September 1996), and Latino Businesses & NAFTA in
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