Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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Judge Marshall to Take Senior Status in Two Weeks


By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer/Appellate Courts


Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the Central District of California will take senior status Oct. 24, the Administrative Office of the Courts reported yesterday.

Marshall, 69, was chief judge of the court from 2001 until last month, and was expected to take senior status after turning those duties over to Judge Alicemarie Stotler.

 Senior judges hear partial caseloads; a judge may assume that status, rather than retire outright, anytime after age 65 with 15 years of service or at age 70 after 10 years. Marshall will have completed 25 years on the court by the time she takes senior status.

Appointed by Carter

The jurist, who was appointed to the district bench by then-President Jimmy Carter in 1980, is a native of Knoxville, Tenn. who graduated from Los Angeles High School and Los Angeles City College. Her bachelor’s and law degrees are from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her law school class.

She began her legal career as a Los Angeles deputy city attorney handling civil and criminal trials, while also pursuing graduate legal studies at USC. 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.

Numerous Honors

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.

Marshall has won numerous honors during her career, including this year’s Outstanding Jurist Award presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

She 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 Courts Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award, and the Century City Bar Association Criminal Federal Judge of the Year Award.

She is 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 has chaired the Federal Bar Association’s Bench/Bar Relations Committee and the Ninth Circuit Fairness Committee, and served on the Ninth Circuit’s Pacific Islands Committee.

Marshall has also played an active role in legal education. She was a guest lecturer at UCLA Law School before going on the bench, taught workshops for lawyers at Harvard Law School, served on the faculty at several seminars for her fellow federal judges, and participated in several Continuing Education of the Bar programs.

She also authored the syllabus for a Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association program on juvenile law while serving on the Superior Court.


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