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2010 Arthur K. Marshall Award
SANDRA R. RILEY

Sandra (Sandy) R. Riley (B.A. University of La Verne, 1972, J.D., University of La Verne, 1980) is the Supervising Probate Attorney with the Los Angeles Superior Court. She began her career with the superior court in 1988 as a probate attorney. Commissioner Ann E. Stodden and Timothy Whitehouse were among her mentors. She was promoted to the position of Supervising Probate Attorney in 2000. Throughout her legal career she has focused on the areas of probate and trust administration, and conservatorship and guardianship law.

Before accepting the position with the court, she was an Assistant Vice President/Regional Manager of the Inland Empire District of Trust Services of America. She was also a partner with the law firm of Nichols, Stead, Boileau and Lamb.

Ms. Riley has lectured for CEB, CJER Probate and Mental Health Programs, and local bar associations. She has been active in the development and organization of the Probate Volunteer Training Program. In 2009, the Beverly Hills Bar Association honored her with the Timothy A. Whitehouse Award.

For the past four years she has served on the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the State of California.

Ms. Riley considers herself very fortunate to have spent the last 22 years working for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She has had the pleasure of serving the outstanding Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Bench under the leadership of Judges Gary Klausner, Thomas W. Stoever, Aviva K. Bobb, and Mitchell L. Beckloff. She acknowledges that the probate attorneys are the backbone of the department, and without their continuing support she would not have been considered for the Arthur K. Marshall Award.

She married Gary Riley, her college sweetheart, in 1970, and they have been happily married for 40 years. They have two wonderful sons, Matthew and David, and a lovely daughter-in-law, Leslie. Matt and Leslie are both practicing lawyers, and David is enrolling in law school in the fall of 2010. Strengthened by her family’s love and devotion, it has been possible for her to pursue her passion for the law and public service.


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