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Chief Justice Names Dalila Corral Lyons as Voting Member of State Judicial Council


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has named Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dalila Corral Lyons as a voting member of the Judicial Council of California, effective immediately, the council staff said yesterday.

In a release, the agency said Lyons, who was named an advisory member last year, has replaced Emilie Elias, who is retiring. Judge Scott Gordon will replace Lyons as an advisory member.

Lyons’ and Gordon’s terms will expire in September 2019.

In addition, the chief justice named Sacramento Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie as a voting member in place of Martin J. Tangeman, who was elevated recently from the San Luis Obispo Superior Court to the Court of Appeal. Eurie’s term expires in September of next year.

San Bernardino Superior Court Kyle S. Brodie was named to succeed Marsha G. Slough, who was elevated from the same trial court to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Brodie’s term expires in September 2018.

The chief justice reappointed the following members to new terms on the council, effective through Sep. 14, 2019: Fourth District Court of Appeal Justice Douglas P. Miller, San Diego Judge Superior Court David M. Rubin, Inyo Superior Court Judge Dean T. Stout, and Supreme Court Administrator/Clerk Frank McGuire.

Lyons is a graduate of USC and of UC Berkeley School of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar in 1985.

She was named to the Superior Court by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005.

Born in Durango, Mexico, she interned at the White House Office for Hispanic Affairs while attending USC. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as the Sheriff’s Department chief legal advisor, practiced civil litigation with the Office of the County Counsel, and business and entertainment litigation with private law firms.

She received the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award and the Judicial Excellence Award from the Mexican American Bar Association and an Alumni Merit Award from the USC Alumni Association, and served as president of the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation for more than 11 years, overseeing the awarding of college scholarships to Latino students.

She has served on the court’s Community Outreach Committee and Diversity Subcommittee, on the board of the California Latino Judges Association, and on the faculty of the state judicial college.     

Gordon joined the bench in 2002 as a commissioner and was tapped for a judgeship in 2011.

Prior to that, he served for 16 years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he was a founding member of the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team and responsible for policy and legislative issues relating to child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes.

Gordon also served an assignment at The Hague with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 1997. He attended college at California State University, Dominguez Hills, graduating in 1980, and then spent the early years of his career as a police officer and detective for the Santa Monica Police Department while attending law school.

Gordon graduated from Southwestern Law School and joined the State Bar in 1985.

In 1990, he returned to Southwestern as a member of its adjunct faculty, and the school in 2003 awarded him its Adjunct Professor Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2008, the school also presented him with its Outstanding Judicial Officer Award. 

The judge is also a recipient of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women “Humanitarian of the Year” award, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s “Prosecutor of the Year” award, among other commendations.


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