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Monday, April 18, 2005


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LACBA Names Chief U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall as Outstanding Jurist


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Los Angeles County Bar Association will present Chief U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the Central District of California with its Outstanding Jurist Award  for 2005, LACBA announced Friday.

Marshall is to receive the award at a luncheon on May 5 at the Omni Hotel downtown.

The award recipient is selected each year at a closed meeting of the County Bar’s trustees and is based on “judicial temperament and demeanor; knowledge of the law, legal ability and scholarship; dedication and diligence; contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community; contribution to the community at large; contribution to the practice of law, and; judicial independence, integrity and fairness.”

A federal judge since 1980, Marshall began her legal career as a Los Angeles deputy city attorney  handling civil and criminal trials. During her tenure at the City Attorney’s Office, she also served as an advisor to the Building & Safety and Planning departments and the Civil Service Commission. 

She later joined the Los Angeles law firm of Cochran & Atkins, handling both civil and criminal matters.  From 1971 to 1976, she was a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner, assigned to juvenile court, family court, and civil law and motion.

She was named an Inglewood Municipal Court judge in 1976 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, who elevated her to the Superior Court the following year. Then-President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the federal bench.

The LACBA award is the latest of many for Marshall, who previously received the Los Angeles County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Thomas Bradley Distinguished Citizen Award, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Ernestine Stahlhut Award, Langston Bar Association Bernard S. Jefferson Jurist of the Year Award, Criminal Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award, and the Century City Bar Association Criminal Federal Judge of the Year Award.

She is also a member of the Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame and received the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Career Achievement Award.  She chairs the Federal Bar Association’s Bench/Bar Relations Committee and the Ninth Circuit Fairness Committee, and is a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Pacific Islands Committee.

Marshall’s term as chief judge ends in September, when she is expected to take senior status.


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