The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 8B


The Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. She was nominated in June 1980 by President Jimmy Carter and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September of that same year. She filled the seat vacated by the Hon. Robert Firth (deceased). Judge Marshall served as Chief Judge for the Central District from 2001 to 2005. She assumed senior status in October 2005.

Judge Marshall received her A.A. from Los Angeles City College in 1956. She then received her B.A from Howard University in 1958. She remained at Howard, graduating with her LL.B. in 1961.

After graduating from law school, Marshall began practicing as a deputy city attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office in 1962. Upon accepting the position, Marshall became the first woman to be hired by the office. She would hold that position for five years.

Then, in 1967, Marshall joined Johnnie Lee Cochran, Jr. at his law firm Cochran and Atkins. Johnnie Cochran would later receive notoriety as one of O.J. Simpson's defense lawyers in his murder trial. Marshall's time there would prove to be her only stint in private practice.

Two years later, Marshall became a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner for the Juvenile Court. She received the call to the Inglewood Municipal Court from the former Governor Jerry Brown in 1976 and was subsequently elevated to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench nine months later. During her tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Marshall presided in the Criminal Division.

Her memberships have included the Federal Bar Association, the International Association of Women Judges, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Marshall has also served on the RAND Institute for Civil Justice Board of Overseers and was a board member of the Equal Justice Works.

She received the Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association in 2018.

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