Hon. Rolf Michael Treu See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
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General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


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* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5673
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Some of the reviews on this guy's page make me really wish they had moderators to delete comments made by non-attorneys...ESPECIALLY people who have never appeared before the judge. It completely takes the point out of this website.

Anyways, this review has NOTHING to do with this judge's one ruling upon which apparently 50% of the reviews on here are based. I actually appeared in front of Rolf "the Wolf" Treu (as some people call him) and lived to tell the tale.

When you think of "bad" judges as an attorney, there are 2 types: (1) people who don't know the law and are too lazy to learn it, thus making inconsistent and/or poor rulings; and (2) people who make practicing law a miserable task. This judge happens to combine both into one!

As many of the (actually relevant) reviews on here mentioned, this man is (to put it lightly) sanction happy. I'm not sure if this guy is on the Court's Budget Committee and is trying to raise money for the system by maxing out the sanctions he hands out, but he reminds me of a cop with a quota system...every time you go to his courtroom, you will see him issue sanctions to some poor hapless associate who had the extreme misfortune of being assigned to the "Wolf Den" (as I refer to his courtroom).

Usually it will be something like him pulling an irrelevant question from where the sun don't shine, and when this doomed soul replies s/he would need to check on the answer to said inane question, the Wolf will drop the hammer by issuing either sanctions or setting an OSC re Sanctions (wherein he will force the victim of the Wolf attack to draft a pleading stating "why s/he was unprepared for court," as if they were a 5th grader being forced to write a paper about why putting gum in little Billy's hair was wrong.)

As to his knowledge of the law, I am not sure I agree with those reviews (below the political tirades)that say he is a master of the Civil Code/Code of Civil Procedure. He certainly has his favorite sections (i.e. the ones that focus on punishing attorneys for being unprepared for court), but his rulings seemed fairly inconsistent in the cases I have had before him. To his credit, he will sometimes stop proceedings to look up statutes when he realizes that he doesn't know what you are talking about (instead of faking it like some judges), but if you can't immediately cite the authority showing him that his incorrect belief is in fact wrong, you are up a creek without a paddle.

As a litigator, there are times when you have nightmares of what can go wrong in court, or what could happen if you have the misfortune of getting assigned to THAT judge. Unfortunately, Judge Rolf "the Wolf" Treu IS THAT judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5474
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thank you Judge Treu. The unions have destroyed Calif. The majority of teachers are worthless and cannot "instruct." The charters apparently came to save the day. The schools should be teaching many of the students a trade not how to share the toilets with transvestites.

Other

Comment #: CA5448
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
There are several factors that affect student achievement. To conclude that tenure is the cause of student failure is illogical. Strongly disagree with Judge Treu's ruling.

Other

Comment #: CA5345
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I taught in the California University system for 34 years and have seen that many "teachers" have been awarded tenure because of their ability to bring in funding for research projects. I have also seen that after being awarded tenure some "teachers" are unwilling to spend the time required to prepare for their teaching assignments. I have never seen an administration willing to enter a fight to attempt to fire a tenured faculty member. I agree with Judge Treu's tenure decision.

Other

Comment #: CA5337
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Treu's astonishing argument in the Vergara case contains "thinking" that would be laughed out of Logic 101 at the community college level. By an of several reliable estimates, the number of incompetent teachers is between 1% and 3% of the teachers credentialed to work and presently teaching in California. If this is true, how can the constitutional rights of the vast majority of students in California (between 99% and 97%) possibly be affected by teacher tenure laws?

Teacher tenure laws are designed to protect teachers from political retribution, silencing and removal by right-wing ideologues like Judge Treu. And the tenure laws do protect teachers from people with pro-corporate, anti-education agendas, like Judge Treu (and certain parents, administrators and wealthy "philanthropists").

The greatest threat to education in California would be a teaching staff bought and paid for, and accountable to, corporate interests such as the Gates Foundation and others. This is precisely the dystopian scenario that Judge Treu's ruling, if not challenged and overturned by a higher, and saner, court, will bring to pass.

Other

Comment #: CA5322
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
My brother retired as a teacher after many years of dedicated work. He was able to retire because the unions were there for him. Unions built the middle class. It is the unions job to protect teachers. Whether the tenure laws needed to be fixed to address the problem of bad teachers not being able to be terminated is something that should be debated. However, demonizing the unions is wrong and politically motivated. The main problem is not tenured teachers but the continued cuts to education and the thousands of layoffs occurring, especially in red states.

Other

Comment #: CA5299
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Now there is no incentive for intelligent and talented people to be teachers. Let's hold hands and celebrate the Death Blow to Education (DBE) in California.

The students in poor communities have poor education because very few good teachers want to risk their lives and/or waste their time trying to reach kids who do not care at all about education, so those districts hire whoever they can. Under law, they can hire teachers who are not fully qualified to teach under such special circumstances. And classes have been getting bigger and bigger-- so big that it is now very difficult to impossible to reach The Distracted Generation.

Teachers with tenure get fired all the time. That is not at all what this decision is really about. Follow the money trail. See who funded this lawsuit. Continue to follow the agenda as it progresses through court systems in every state.

Hold teachers accountable for test scores? Kids literally with brain damage and a host of physical and mental issues are mainstreamed. Holding a teacher accountable for the learning of someone with brain damage is like putting little leaguers on a major league team and holding the manager accountable for daily drubbings.

This is not what it seems on the surface.

The judge is not dumb. He is a willing servant of the dismantling of the education system.

This is a complicated situation, and here we see those taking advantage by gross oversimplification.

If you think it is bad now, stay tuned.

Other

Comment #: CA5298
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Disapprove your decision. Sometimes even Judges can make mistakes in interpreting evidence as it applies to laws. Appeal.

Other

Comment #: CA5297
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Finally someone has the balls to attempt to eliminate tenure. My hat is off to you!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5293
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Thank God, you are a judge with GREAT understanding and you are to be commended for your ruling. If I lived near I'd pin a star on you.
I cant tell you how many BAD teachers my 20+ year old childern had to put up with going to school. Some of them could have never kept a job in the private sector, but were protected by a union. Mean while young up and coming teachers were let go to keep under and non performing teachers In place.
Get ready for the on sloth by the unions and teachers, etc, but don't give in or up. You did the RIGHT thing and you are to be commended.
thank you for your courage,

Joe Mosca

Litigant

Comment #: CA5292
Rating:1.0
Comments:
First off, due process rights should belong to all people. Secondly, school administrations have every right and responsibility to dismiss ineffective teachers. Tenure status does not guarantee that the ineffective cannot be fired--it protects people from unfair firings without merit. An administration doing its job can and should dismiss those who are ineffective.

Tenure is a two-way street. Districts invest in teachers by granting them tenure after they have proven they deserve it. Tenured teachers, in turn, stay with these communities thus making investments in them. They do not job hop like people in other professions do. Maintaining stability in the public schools is the key to community sustainability. Dismantling this investment will weaken and destroy communities.

This suit should have been brought against incompetent school administrations for a) granting tenure to ineffective teachers and b) failing to present the burden of proof that said teachers were ineffective, thus successfully dismissing them. The suit was not brought up that way because a) the two out three teachers in the suit who had tenure were granted tenure because they earned it and b) the administration did not have enough of a case to dismiss them.

This was a bogus witch-hunt with political ties to the ultra right-wing conservative platform against employee rights and unions. The action of filing this lawsuit, its plaintiffs and this judge are a disgrace and did a great disservice to the working people of this country. No state in this country that has demolished workers rights has superior schools, yet the states with a unionized teacher force have the top schools in the country. Coincidence?

Prosecutor

Comment #: CA5291
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Shoddy work. Biased rulings. Will almost always favor those with money, connections and conservative politics.

It's a disgrace that Judge Rolf Treu is even on the bench. Right-wingers will continue to seek him out and hope that he'll be the one trying their cases.

A man like this does not belong in the judiciary.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5289
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Our family and friends celebrate a recent action taken by Judge Treu, in which he ruled against existing
laws that protect ineffective school teachers. Our
country needs this change desperately, for the purpose
of elevating education for all.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5268
Rating:2.9
Comments:
This is a judge I would absolutely 170.6 if I got assigned to him again. I had a case where I appeared telephonically at the Case Management Conference and the guy didn't even understand what kind of action the case was, repeatedly asked me questions that were entirely irrelevant to the matter, set an OSC re Sanctions for "failure to be prepared" to answer his inane questions, and cut my telephonic hearing off before I could explain why his questions were inapplicable.

At the OSC re Sanctions, he levied sanctions against me at the commencement of the hearing without letting me be heard (the only time in my career I have been sanctioned). After I cited him statutory law that essentially proved his questions at the previous Case Management Conference entirely irrelevant, he decided that rather than admit he was wrong and drop the sanctions, he would "stay the sanctions, to be re-imposed at a future date, should counsel be unprepared again."

As many below said, this guy has the worst temperament I have ever seen from a state judge. While one could argue that his is extremely strict, "by the book" demeanor keeps hearings quick and cuts through the BS, this is one judge I will pray to never go in front of again.

If you do have to go in front of this guy, make sure you know the case forwards and backwards, including answers to questions that have NOTHING to do with the case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5074
Rating:4.3
Comments:
This judge is vindictive and eager to issue sanctions. I've been in his courtroom on a number of matters, and rarely does a morning calendar happen without at least three parties being sanctioned. He is a blight on the judicial system and should be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5021
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Disaster. Didn't read the papers or if he did, failed to understand them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4438
Rating:9.8
Comments:
Of all the judges, he's the best! He is fair, well-prepared, and knowledgeable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4188
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Judge Treu is a very hard-working jurist who reads the papers carefully, analyzes issues in well-written tentatives, and most importantly, follows the law. He is stern and has high standards, especially on Civil Procedure and California Rules of Court. You really do have to follow the rules, and that benefits everyone. It's a relief because the law will be followed, and he is not a "last one who speaks wins" wishy-washy judge. At oral argument, he does not like weasel answers, so don't avoid his questions and just get straight to the point. I have not found him harsh on sanctions. If you have a good excuse he listens. I think that his clerk is excellent (unlike one of the prior posts). One of the best judges in Central. And you gotta love that he rides to work on his motorcycle in jodhpurs!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3570
Rating:8.8
Comments:
An intelligent jurist. If you follow the Code of Civil Procedure and the California Rules of Court, you will be fine in this courtroom. Make sure you actually meet and confer before you file your CMC statement. At summary judgment, make certain that your documents are properly formatted according to the code and rules of court. He is a stickler for rules/procedure, but I actually appreciate that about him. He is a judge, and you will know it being in his court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3281
Rating:6.3
Comments:
Judge Treu knows the Code of Civil Procedure and Court Rules by heart, and expects everyone else to know them equally well. He lives to find breaches of the rules, and will issue monetary sanctions for any violation, no matter how trivial. I guess he believes that will make us better lawyers, and maybe he is right. He reminds me of the stereotypical school teacher that walks around with a ruler, and whacks any kid who talks in class. If you can get past being treated like an undisciplined child, and not like an adult and professional (and he treats everyone that way, no matter how adult and professional), then you could do worse, because Judge Treu is smart and hard-working, and can be relied upon to read the papers and rule based on the law.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2992
Rating:5.3
Comments:
I wouldn't go so far as to paper Judge Treu (because you could do much worse in Central), but he's FAR too strict. Judges like this make being an attorney suck. I think these types of judges either never practiced, or have forgotten how hard it is to be a civil litigator. He sanctions people without a hearing and is far too temperamental. If you miss a hearing, you're getting sanctioned, whether you were in a car crash, or your wife died that morning and you couldn't make it to court. You have to go into court ex parte to get relief, but is it even worth it at that point? To sanction someone without hearing their story is just so...not judge-like.

Make sure you have a CMC statement, because you're getting sanctioned if you don't have that too. I've actually had only favorable rulings in front of Judge Treu, but sooner or later, I will make a mistake, and it's going to be no sympathy whatsoever.

Ohh, and the clerk he has is just a miserable, little troll. God forbid you call his clerk with a question (not like that's his job or anything), because he's too busy to bother with you, unless it's to be condescending and make himself feel superior to the people around him who are actually successful in life.

Last time I was in this department, it was a different clerk. I hope that guy got fired (like that would ever happen in LASC), or just decided to do something else. My entire staff dreads calling the department because of this guy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2878
Rating:2.2
Comments:
difficult, inflexible, predisposed to use rules to deny relief rather than address merits, definitely not user friendly nor does he appear interested in being user friendly

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1868
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is probably 170.6 worhty if there weren't so many other horrible judges in Central. He has a nasty disposition and he is petty. If you can get past that, he is an average judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1108
Rating:8.3
Comments:
Obey every punctilio of the rules/code and you will be okay with this very competent judge, but watch out - he loves to issue $anction$.