Judge Anthony Trendacosta Is The 2019 Wilmont Sweeney
Juvenile Court Judge Of The Year
(San Diego, CA - December 18, 2019) Judge Anthony Trendacosta of the Los Angeles Superior Court has been named the Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year for 2019 by the Juvenile Court Judges of California, a section of the California Judges Association during the Beyond the Bench conference in San Diego, California. The award was presented on the evening of December 17, 2019.
Appointed in 2014 by Governor Brown, Judge Trendacosta has spent his entire judicial career in juvenile court, first as a referee, then as a Commissioner. Throughout his career he has distinguished himself as a judicial officer, a trainer of judges, and a member of numerous committees charged with making improvements to juvenile law. He was a strong supporter of dependency mediation, believing that cases would resolve more effectively if the parties were able to talk privately with a mediator.
He has been a member of the Juvenile Court Judges of California (JCJC) Executive Committee, the L.A. Superior Court Temporary Judge Committee, the L.A. Superior Court Juvenile Law Committee, the Judicial Council Judicial Education Juvenile Law Curriculum Committee, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Committee and the Court Welfare and Institutions Code Section 317 Appointed Counsel Committee. He distinguished himself working with the Center for Judicial Education and Research, training new dependency judicial officers, and presented frequently at the Juvenile Law Institute and the Beyond the Bench conference. He has also regularly appeared on the televised case-law update sponsored by CJER.
In his free time, Judge Trendacosta volunteers as a mock trial judge for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the USC Law Center Mock Trial Competition and the UCLA Mock Trial competition.
The Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year is presented annually by juvenile court judges to a California juvenile court judge who exemplifies innovative dedication to California's youth. Judge Sweeney was a longtime advocate of finding alternatives to detention centers for juveniles, such as rehabilitation and counseling, thus this award is presented to a judge who exhibits the same dedication as exemplified by Judge Sweeney.