Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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Judge Martha Bellinger to Retire at End of July


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Martha Bellinger has slated her retirement for July 31, court officials said Friday.

Her last day on the bench is scheduled to be July 1.

Bellinger, 61, joined the court as a commissioner in 1991 and was tapped for a judgeship in 2005 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has spent most of her bench career in Pomona.

Bellinger spent seven years as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office before being elected as a court commissioner.

She has also been an adjunct professor of law at La Verne University College of Law, assistant legal counsel for Pomona Unified School District, a probation officer in upstate New York, a minister in the United Methodist Church, and an associate, practicing civil law, with the Century City firm of Federman, Gridley Mogab & Grandwohl.

The jurist holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Boston University School of Theology. She attended law school at Whittier College, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review before admission to the State Bar in 1983.

The judge could not be reached Friday for comment. But a colleague said she announced her retirement plans about two weeks ago at a meeting of juvenile court bench officers.


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