Judge Judith C. Chirlin (ret.)

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret’d) was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1985; she retired in 2009.  As of November 2011, she became Executive Director of the Western Justice Center (“WJC”) in Pasadena, California.  WJC is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued.  It designs and implements creative programs that change the way people think about and respond to differences and conflict.

Over the years, 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. She is a past Chair of the Board of the American Judicature Society, a national organization dedicated to improving the justice system.  She has held numerous positions in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, California Women Lawyers, National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges.  She also served as Vice Chair of the California Gender Bias Task Force, as a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel Investigating the Problems of Women in Prison, and as a member of a commission evaluating the administration of justice in California, all by virtue of appointment by Chief Justices of California.  She is a member of the Board of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (“ROLI”) and is Chair of the Asia Council of ROLI.   She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the CEELI Institute in Prague, the Czech Republic. Judge Chirlin has traveled extensively, consulting on court reform and teaching programs for foreign judges, lawyers, police officers and other legal professionals in more than 20 countries.  Since 2003 to the present, she has worked with various groups from Iraq, including both male and female judges and women who lead civil society organizations that address the problems of women inIraq.

She is a graduate of The George Washington University (BA in Political Science), Rutgers University (MA in Politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics) and the University of Southern California Law School (J.D.).