Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School announced that it has named Judge Judith C. Chirlin (ret’d) to its Board of Trustees. Judge Chirlin was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1985. She is a graduate of The George Washington University (B.A. in Political Science), Rutgers University (M.A. in Politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics) and the USC Law School (JD).
“We are delighted that Judge Chirlin has agreed to serve on our Board of Trustees," said Pacific Oaks College President Ezat Parnia. "Her extensive experience and efforts to significantly increase diversity in judicial appointments throughout the state of California will be a tremendous asset here at Pacific Oaks as we enter 2014 and continue our work of providing a transformative education specifically tailored to adults and non-traditional students."
Judge Chirlin has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the legal system and the administration of justice in California, throughout the nation and around the world. In 1984 she designed and has since participated in seminars called “So You Want to be a Judge” for women’s, minority and other bar associations throughout the state. The seminars have been widely recognized as having demystified the process of judicial appointments in California and resulted in significantly increased diversity in judicial appointments throughout the state.
Judge Chirlin has served on numerous state and national committees and boards, including past Chair of the Board of the American Judicature Society, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and the International Association of Women Judges. She also served as Vice Chair of the California Gender Bias Task Force and as a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel Investigating the Problems of Women in Prison. She recently concluded a 3 year term as a member of the Board of the American Bar Association’s Center for Rule of Law Initiatives, is vice-chair of a Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to investigate and report on safety and security at LAX and is a member of the Strategic Evaluation Committee appointed by the current Chief Justice of California to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the functioning of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Since retiring from the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009, Judge Chirlin works in private dispute resolution. She started a non-profit foundation to support justice system improvement projects that enhance the rule of law. In 2011, she became Executive Director of the Western Justice Center in Pasadena, California, which designs and promulgates programs to foster alternative dispute resolution in the courts and peaceful resolution of conflicts in schools and communities.