April 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. to Receive Outstanding Jurist Award on May 24

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The Honorable Charles W. McCoy Jr. of the Los Angeles Superior Court will receive LACBA’s 2011 Outstanding Jurist Award at a May 24 luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The award is presented each year to a current or past member of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County who has made significant contributions from the bench through judicial ability, experience, temperament and demeanor, knowledge of the law, contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community, and contribution to the practice of law and the community at large.

LACBA recognizes Judge McCoy for his distinguished career on the bench and his guidance of the Los Angeles Superior Court while serving as presiding judge through last year’s judiciary budget crisis. He was instrumental in helping to save the court more than $13 million and 200 jobs.

“The Los Angeles County Bar Association selected Judge McCoy as its 2011 Outstanding Jurist in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the public and the Los Angeles legal community,” said LACBA President Alan K. Steinbrecher. “Last year, in particular, was an incredibly challenging year for the judiciary. As presiding judge, his leadership and tireless efforts in trying to find solutions to narrow the funding gap helped save hundreds of courthouse jobs and helped ensure continued fair and equal access to the judicial system by people throughout Los Angeles.”

Judge McCoy was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1992 and has held numerous leadership positions with the court including presiding judge (2009-10), assistant presiding judge (2007-08), supervising judge, Civil (2005-06), and supervising judge, Complex Courts (2004-05). He is currently assigned as a trial court judge in Juvenile Delinquency, Pomona, the assignment he chose following his service as presiding judge.

Throughout his career, Judge McCoy has been an active member of the legal community. He has served on the executive committees of LACBA’s Litigation and Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Sections, and as a board member of the California Judges Association and a board member of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research. He was president of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts and twice a board member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers L.A. He also founded the One-to-One Program, which was created to dissuade at-risk youth from engaging in behavior entangling them in the criminal justice system.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Judge McCoy was a captain in the United States Marine Corps, having served from August 1968 to August 1972, during which time he received the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" for action in Vietnam and the Navy Commendation Medal for service with the 4th Military Police Battalion.

He holds a juris doctor with honors from the University of Texas School of Law (1975) and a bachelor of science in management from Purdue University (1968).

Speakers. Speakers at the award luncheon include Hon. Carolyn Kuhl, Los Angeles Superior Court; Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese; and California State Assemblymember Mike Feuer.

Register for the May 24 luncheon here. 

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