Hon. Luis R. Vargas
Judge of the San Diego Superior Court
State of California, County of San Diego
Judge Luis R.Vargas is a San Diego native and a graduate in Economics from San Diego State University. Judge Vargas received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1981. He served 13 years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice before being appointed to the court in 1993. In his 20 years on the bench, JudgeVargas has presided in both criminal and civil trial department most recently handling complex civil matters and construction defect cases.
Judge Vargas has served on the executive board of the California Judges Association (CJA) and was formerly vice-president of the organization. He has been involved in legislative matters with CJA and has served as the chair of the CJA Legislature Relations Committee. He currently serves as a member of the California Judges Foundation and as chair of the San Diego Superior Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
Both with the California Judges Association and with the Conference of Western Attorney’s General, Judge Vargas has trained Mexican judges in oral trials and has presented oral mock trials in Morelia, Veracruz, and Mexico City. Judge Vargas has hosted Mexican judges at CJA conferences in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Monterey, California.