Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Bigelow, Nash to Be Honored by Judicial Council
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Presiding Court of Appeal Justice
Superior Court Judge
Presiding Court of Appeal Justice Tricia Bigelow of this district’s Div. Eight and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Nash are among the winners of this year’s state Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Awards, according to a release sent to judges yesterday.
Bigelow will receive the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence. The award is given annually for “extraordinary dedication to the highest principles of the administration of justice statewide.
Nash is to receive the Richard D. Huffman Justice for Children & Families Award “for significant contributions to advancing justice for children and families in California.”
Other winners of the statewide honors are state courts Chief Administrative Officer Curt Soderlund, who receives the William C. Vickrey Leadership in Judicial Administration Award; Ralph Shapiro of the Shapiro Family Trust Foundation, the Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award; the Bench-Bar Coalition, Open Courts Coalition, and State Bar of California, who share the Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award; and state Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan and First District Court of Appeal Justice Mark Simons, winners of the Excellence in Judicial Education Award.
Bigelow has been a member of the Court of Appeal since 2008 and presiding justice since 2010. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Pepperdine Law School, she was admitted to the State Bar in 1986.
She spent nine years as a state deputy attorney general in the Criminal Law Division, eventually becoming a supervising deputy attorney general and the trial coordinator in Los Angeles.
Nash, whose term ends in January, is stepping down after nearly 29 years on the bench, including more than 16 years as presiding judge of the Juvenile Court.
A graduate of UCLA and Loyola University School of Law, Nash was a California deputy attorney general from 1974 to 1985 and one of the prosecutors in the Hillside Strangler case between 1981 and 1983. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1985 and elevated to the Superior Court in 1989.
He has been a juvenile court judge since 1990 and was named Juvenile Court presiding judge in 1995. He has held the post ever since, with the exception of a period of about two years as the Dependency Court supervising judge, ending in 2001.
He is a former president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He has also been president of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, and a member of the California Child Welfare Council, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care.
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