January 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 1 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Past LACBA President, Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, Becomes Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, will become the first woman to serve as presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court on January 1, 2011.

“Everyone at the Los Angeles County Bar Association is extremely proud of Judge Edmon and congratulates her on this historic accomplishment,” said LACBA President Alan Steinbrecher. “Judge Edmon has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the law and to ensuring that everyone in Los Angeles has equal access to the legal system."

Judge Edmon was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by former California Gov. Gray Davis in August 2000. In 2007, she was elected assistant presiding judge of the superior court, becoming the first woman ever to hold that position. As presiding judge, she will be responsible for administering the largest court system in the world.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Judge Edmon and the superior court to address potential budget cuts that could impact its ability to administer justice in Los Angeles County,” Steinbrecher added.

Judge Edmon has held numerous leadership positions with LACBA including serving on the Board of Trustees, chairing five committees, and being a past president of the Barristers.

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