Why I'm Running
For over two decades I have helped California families understand and work within the complexities of estate and trust law. I’ve seen the best of people and helped our legal system work for them, and I’ve seen the troubled side of our society and witnessed the overreaches and inefficiencies of our courts. Through it all, I’ve learned many valuable lessons, but the most important one is the reason that I am running for Judge: Nothing brings me more joy than solving people’s problems. Of all the roles that a judge must fill, none is more essential than that.
After 23 years of practice, I’ve learned not only how to be an effective lawyer, but I’ve developed the skills necessary to be an excellent judge. A good judge preserves people’s faith in our system by providing a venue for parties to receive an impartial resolution to their matter. They listen to their parties’ stories and understand the history of our laws. A good judge has the knowledge and temperament to apply the law to the facts and circumstances of the case. Above all, a good judge keeps a steady hand and can determine a just resolution in the face of bitter disagreement.
Working with parties who have bitter disputes is always a challenge. As a Settlement Officer, I have sat between people who cannot stand to sit at the same table. A good judge needs a strong sense of justice and a calm and even temperament. Helping these parties reach an agreement requires a hearty dosage of both those qualities. At the end of the day, a judge doesn’t always dole out justice, but rather they provide a reasoned and thoughtful resolution to the matter. It is this strength and temperament which I wish to bring to our Court.
I ask you humbly to join me, my family, and our neighbors here in Ventura County as I strive to bring these qualities to our Court. I hope that I can earn your vote in this election.
Michael L. Magasinn, J.D., L.L.M.
"Nothing brings me more joy than solving people's problems. Of all the roles that a judge must fill, none is more essential than that."