Presiding Justice, Second Appellate District
BAR ADMISSION: Admitted to California Bar in September 1952
EDUCATION: Los Angeles City College, Summa Cum Laude; Southwestern University School of Law, LLB (1952).
PROFESSIONAL LEGAL BACKGROUND: Private Practice, Civil trial attorney for 9 years specializing in Business Law; Member, California Law Revision Commission; Member, Attorney Generals Advisory Committee.
JUDICIAL BACKGROUND: Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One, (1980-present). Jurisdiction extends over all appeals and petitions for extraordinary relief from judgments and orders of Superior Courts; Cases include civil, criminal, probate, family law and juvenile. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge (1976-1980), presided over court and jury civil trials, family law and juvenile dependency cases. Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge (1961-1976), assignments included court and jury trials of criminal, civil, traffic and small claims cases.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/ASSOCIATIONS/AFFILIATIONS: Chair, California Judicial Council Court Management Committee (1978-1984); Member, Los Angeles County Commission on Justice (1974-1978); President, National Association of Women Judges (1981); Member of various associations of lawyers and judges.
EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS: Honoree (1998), Women of Los Angeles; Honorary Doctor of Law Degree (1996), Southwestern University School of Law; Honoree of the Year (1992), National Association of Women Judges; Person of the Year (1991), Metropolitan News-Enterprise; Hall of Fame (1991), Langston Bar Association; Lifetime Achievement Award (1991), Judicial Council of the National Bar Association; Distinguished Alumni Award (1990), Southwestern University School of Law; Honoree (1986), California Judges Association; Trailblazer Award (1985), National Association, Business and Professional Women; Humanitarian Award (1977), Los Angeles City College; Mary Church Terrell Award (1975), Women for Good Government; Judge Ernestine Stahlhut Award (1974), Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; Awards and Commendations from elected officials of the United States Senate (1998), United States Congress (1972), California State Senate (1992), California State Assembly (1991), Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (1991) and Los Angeles City Council (1980 and 1991).
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Supervised training of law school advanced students in court extern program to enhance their legal, analytical and writing skills (1980-present); Chair, Southwestern Law Schools Scholarship Program (1978-present); Founder, Los Angeles Bar Affiliates, which conducts educational programs and court tours for school children, and which has provided hundreds of law school scholarships to meritorious and needy students.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Chair, Courts Community Outreach Program; Los Angeles County Commission Neighborhood Improvement.