STUART M. RICE is a Judge of the Superior Court assigned to a civil independent calendar court in the Torrance Courthouse. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 27, 2005 after having served as a court commissioner from March 1, 2003 until his appointment. He received a bachelor's degree manga cum laude from Tufts University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Rice was an associate at Gottlieb, Gottlieb and Stein from 1978-1983 and then a senior partner at Rice and Rothenberg thereafter until his appointment to the bench. Judge Rice focused his practice on civil, tort and probate litigation as well as juvenile defense. Judge Rice is the chair of the LASC Temporary Judge Committee and a former member of the Court's Executive Committee. Judge Rice is a frequent speaker and educator and served as president of the Benjamin Aranda III chapter of the American Inns of Court in 2013-2014. In 2012, Judge Rice was presented with the Judge William E. MacFaden Award as Judge of the Year by the South Bay Bar Association.