The Honorable Amy M. Pellman

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department K

Biography

The Hon. Amy M. Pellman is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. She filled the vacancy created by the Hon. Tricia Bigelow's elevation to the Court of Appeal.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Pellman graduated with her B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts in 1982. She went on to earn her J.D. from City University of New York Law School in 1987.

Pellman began her legal career as a federal clerk for the Second Circuit of New York. In 1990 she became an associate at the Law Offices of Mark Scherzer in New York. In 1992 she joined the law firm of Hedges and Caldwell as an associate for one year before joining Selvin and Weiner as a contract attorney. In 1993, Pellman became an appellate attorney for the Dependency Court Legal Service, Inc. where she practiced until 2000. She joined The Alliance for Children's Rights in that same year and served as their legal director until 2005. She was elected a court commissioner in 2005 and remained in that position until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2008.

Having spent her entire legal career advocating for children, Judge Pellman taught Children and the Law as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School. She has also been a lecturer for the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

In 2003 she received the Child Advocacy Law Award from the American Bar Association.