Accomplished GUCL Alumni Span the Decades
The Honorable Stephen J. Gallon Class of 1997
On December 28, 2009, Stephen Gallon was appointed as Judge of the Superior Court for Riverside County by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He currently presides over a Criminal Jury Trial courtroom and also manages a calendar for Civil Landlord-Tenant Litigation.
Judge Gallon served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office between 1998 and 2003. After achieving an impressive felony trial record as a prosecutor, he was selected to join the elite Hardcore Gang Division. In 2003, he accepted a position as Deputy District Attorney with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office and again quickly distinguished himself as a prosecutor in both the Gang and Homicide Units. He has prosecuted over 100 jury trials including 21 murder cases and two Death Penalty cases.
In 2007, he was promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney in the Riverside County District Attorney's Office where he supervised the Narcotics Unit, the Gang Unit, the Cold Case Unit and the Homicide Unit.
Recognized as an expert in gang prosecution and the cross examination of mental health experts, he has lectured to other prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on gang prosecution, cross examination, capital litigation and mental retardation or "Atkins" defenses in Death Penalty cases.
The Honorable Juan Carlos Dominquez Class of 1988
In April 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Juan Carlos Dominguez to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dominguez earned a Juris Doctorate degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Glendale University College of Law. Dominguez, 52, of Alta Loma, has been an attorney in private practice for over 16 years, specializing in criminal defense and civil cases. Previously, he served as an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department from 1974 to 1989.
Commissioner Jeffrey Harkavy Class of 1983
Commissioner Jeffrey M. Harkavy was elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 after serving three years as a commissioner in the Los Angeles Municipal Court. Commissioner Harkavy graduated from California State University Northridge in 1980 and received his Juris Doctor with High Honors from Glendale University College of Law in 1983 where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Glendale Law Review and as President of the Student Bar Association.
After practicing civil litigation and criminal defense for two years, Commissioner Harkavy joined the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office in 1986. As a prosecuting attorney he tried over 150 jury trials to verdict. During his eleven years with the City Attorney's Office he also headed the Domestic Violence Unit of his branch and oversaw the investigation and prosecution of over 20,000 domestic violence and child abuse cases.
For years he served as an instructor and technical advisor to the California District Attorney's Association. He coordinated and assisted in the training of hundreds of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, shelter workers, and others in the areas of domestic violence and child abuse. He has twice been honored by the Los Angeles City Council for his work in these areas.
Commissioner Harkavy has presided over all phases of criminal proceedings including arraignments, preliminary hearings, pre-trial hearings, and jury trials. In his current assignment at the San Fernando Superior Courthouse, he presides over felony arraignments including Death Penalty and other serious cases.