Ann E. Stodden, the recipient of the Arthur K. Marshall Award in 1986, obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern California. For thirty-three years, she was a probate attorney, supervising attorney and finally a court commissioner, all with the Los Angeles County Superior Court Probate Division. Most of her time was spent in supervising the probate attorneys and other staff, conducting settlement conferences and acting as a court hearing officer. Prior to that time, she worked for a bank and in private practice.
Ms. Stodden was a member of the California Law Revision Commission, and along with Judge Marshall she was instrumental in the complete revision of the California Probate Code. She also served on the California State Bar Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section (the predecessor of the current Trusts and Estates Section) Executive Committee and later served as an advisor to that group. She was the co-author with Timothy A. Whitehouse of the West’s California Probate Code Forms. In addition, Ms. Stodden was a regular speaker for many local bar associations and was involved with paralegal training for the Los Angeles Paralegal Association.
After her retirement in 1993 and up to the time of her death in 2004, she continued to serve as volunteer probate attorney as well as doing alternate dispute resolution. In addition to the Arthur K. Marshall Award, she was the initial recipient in 2002 of the Timothy A. Whitehouse Award by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section.
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