a fine judicial officer known for his fair treatment of receivers, counsel
and all parties, has retired. Commissioner Mitchell served in the Los
Angeles Superior Court for 26 years, in the writs and receivers
departments, then in Dept. 59 hearing class action and eminent domain
matters, along with a decade of responsibility for rents and profits
receivership matters divided between Departments 59 and 66. Bruce’s
retirement will be filled with a combination of mediation (with ADR
Services) and meditation (he just returned from a month in India devoted
to spiritual practice). No doubt he has the disposition and tools to be an
excellent mediator. He has positive memories of his service on the bench
in receivership matters and compliments the professionalism and courtesy
of receivers and their counsel. Commissioner Mitchell remembers well the
animated attempts to resolve the battle over whether liens for health and
safety repair costs could be entitled to superiority treatment. He spoke a
number of times on CRF panels and remains an active member of the Forum.
Best of luck in the future, Bruce.
Judge Joanne B. O’Donnell, who ably served in the LASC Writs and
Receiver’s Departments, has retired from the bench effective March 16. No
news yet on what lies ahead for her, or who will replace her. Judge
O’Donnell was known for precision and extensive tentative rulings. We wish
her the very best in the future.