Antonio Barreto, Jr., graduated from the first SCALE (Southwestern’s Conceptual Approach to Legal Education) class in 1977. After graduation he briefly worked in private practice and then joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, serving as a deputy district attorney. He began his career on the bench in 1990 when Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to the Culver Municipal Court. In 2000, he was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court and was assigned that year to the Airport Courthouse, where he served until his retirement on September 5, 2014. While serving as a judge, he mentored many Southwestern students, served as a judge for the Intramural Program, and volunteered as a Committee member for SCALE reunions and the Prof. Norman Karlin Endowment Dinners.
In addition to volunteering his time at Southwestern, he also volunteered his time with the Culver City Little League and the local Boy Scout Troop 108. He tirelessly helped anyone in need and truly lived his life for others.
A classic film buff and trivia expert, Tony helped finance his law school tuition with his winnings from game shows including Split Second, You Don’t Say, Joker’s Wild and Jeopardy. Beginning in 2014, Judge Barreto served in the Assigned Judges Program of the California Judicial Council.