Judicial Candidate 2020: Maricar “Rica” Andrade

  • Name: Maricar “Rica” Andrade
  • Court: Family Court, Department Y
  • Web: RicaforJudge.com
Maricar “Rica” Andrade

About the candidate:

Maricar “Rica” Andrade has been an attorney for 12 years and a Judicial Pro Tem for protection orders since 2014. She hopes to bring diversity to the bench for Department Y.

Rica immigrated to the United States when she was six years old. She is trilingual–fluent in Tagalog, Spanish, and English. She graduated from UCLA and became an elementary school teacher, spending countless hours working directly with children. Then, Rica went through a divorce and decided to help others through this difficult process.

In 2004, she attended UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law. In the Child Welfare/Education Clinic, she helped students with disabilities and advocated for children in the foster system. She was an extern for a family court judge and an extern at Legal Aid. LACSN and Boyd’s Public Interest Law Association awarded Rica a $10,000 scholarship.

Rica met her husband in law school. They graduated in 2007 and opened up their own law firm, devoting their practice to family law matters. Their daughter Ulanna was born the same day that Andrade Law was formed.

In 2010, Rica co-founded a nonprofit organization called Bamboo Bridges, whose mission is to bring culturally relevant services to Asian American women and their families through high school leadership symposiums, domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy services, and coalition building.

Rica has raised three of her own children: a sophomore at UNLV, a dancer at Desert Oasis High School, and an artist at Tarkanian Middle School. Rica is an avid dancer whose videos are widely watched.

Rica has been through her own highly litigated custody battle and understands the need for balanced rulings and competent judges. The family court bench remains predominantly white and unrepresentative of the population it serves. Rica is the judge you want. Cast your ballot by mail this May 2020.

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