Rolf Michael Treu

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Rolf Michael Treu
Court Information:
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California
Title:   Judge
Salary:  $181,292
Appointed by:   Gov. Pete Wilson
Active:   2001-2021
Past post:   Judge, West Covina Municipal Court
Past term:   1995-2001
Personal History
Hometown:   Bremen, Germany
Undergraduate:   University of Redlands, 1970
Law School:   Loyola Marymount University, 1974
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Los Angeles County Superior Court
Position:  Not on ballot
State:  California
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Rolf Michael Treu is a judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California. He was first appointed to the West Covina Municipal Court in 1995 by Governor Pete Wilson. He became a judge of the superior court after the state's trial courts were unified.[1] He was re-elected in 2014 for a term that expires in January of 2021.[2][3][4]



See also: California judicial elections, 2014
Treu ran for re-election to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
As an unopposed incumbent, he was automatically re-elected without appearing on the ballot.[2]


Treu received his B.A. from the University of Redlands in 1970 and his J.D. from Loyola Marymount University in 1974. He was admitted to the bar in 1975.[3][5]


Treu spent 20 years as an attorney prior to his appointment to the West Covina Municipal Court in 1995. He became the presiding judge of that court in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, he was transferred to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[4]

Notable cases

Judge gives failing grade to teacher tenure laws in California

California's job security laws for teachers got an "F" from Los Angeles Judge Rolf Treu, who ruled on June 10, 2014 that they were unconstitutional. The plaintiffs' attorney Theodore Boutros, Jr. proclaimed, following the ruling, "This decision is going to reverberate powerfully across California and across the nation."[6] Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president-elect of the Los Angeles teachers union, on the other hand, said, "This decision today is an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack children."[7]

The lawsuit was brought by an organization called Students Matter, on behalf of nine students. Boutros, who also successfully argued a lawsuit against California's same-sex marriage ban (Proposition 8), was a lead co-counsel for the plaintiffs. The lawsuit argued that current state laws made it too hard to fire ineffective teachers.

The judge agreed that the five laws in question gave too much protection to incompetent teachers, which was especially affecting poor and minority students. Thus, he explained they violated the right to education equality. Specifically, he ruled that the 18-month time frame, after which teachers could be granted tenure, was too short. He also pointed to the difficulties and high costs of firing teachers.

On the other side of the case, arguing in support of the laws, were the state of California, the California Teachers Association, and the California Federation of Teachers. They argued that job protections helped retain good teachers.

Let’s be clear: Teachers who are unable to carry out their crucial work should be ushered out of the profession. But the more important focus should be on recruiting, supporting and retaining great teachers for all our kids.[8]

—Michael Powell, a spokesman for the American Federation of Teachers[7]

Regarding the lasting ramifications of the case, William Koski, the director of the Youth and Education Law Project at Stanford University, stated:

What has happened here is the reformers have decided that change isn't happening fast enough through the Legislature, and this does provide a template for how to bring this type of litigation and maybe get the courts to join the conversation.[8]

—William Koski[9]

Glenn Rothner, one of the attorneys representing the unions, said, "We believe very strongly that we will prevail on appeal."[7]

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