Judge Mitchell Lee Beckloff received his B.A. from University of California Los Angeles in 1983 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1989. After passing the California bar exam in 1989, he worked as an attorney at Pillsbury Madison and Sutro from 1989-1992, as a staff attorney for Auxillary Legal Services from 1992-1994, and then in private practice from 1994-1999, founding Groman & Beckloff. Thereafter, he served as a referee from 1998-2001 and as a commissioner from 2001 until 2007 when he was appointed to the bench by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also teaches students at Southwestern Law School and judges with the Center for Judicial Education and Research. He is a Democrat.