Interim Justice Deputy
Prior to assuming the Interim Justice Deputy position in June 2019, Rourke Stacy-Padilla was an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office for over 18 years and engaged with criminal justice and public safety issues on a daily basis. She conducted jury trials including murder cases, argued three matters in the California Supreme Court, served as the dedicated trainer for the Juvenile Division, and acted as a point person on criminal justice legislation. Her recognized expertise has been sought out by legislators, policy advocates, and former Governor Jerry Brown. She has co-drafted several pieces of legislation, testified numerous times in the California State Legislature, and served on the Advisory Committee of Proposition 57.
In addition, Rourke has trained with law enforcement as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Training Team for Juvenile Interviews and Interrogation; and has worked with think tanks and policy advocates to help reform the criminal justice system. She also is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School teaching a juvenile delinquency law class. In her free time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and is perpetually learning Italian. Rourke lives in Los Angeles with her husband Rich, and their rescue pitbull Pinky.