The Hon. Donna Groman is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in 2004.
Groman graduated with her B.A. in economics from Stony Brook University in 1976. She went on to earn her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1979.
After graduating from law school, Groman moved to Los Angeles where she entered into private practice in 1980. During her time as a sole practitioner, Groman set her legal focus on juvenile custody and delinquency matters in the Juvenile Court system. She would remain an advocate for children throughout her legal career. In 1990, after 10 years in private practice, Groman joined the Law Offices of Jo Kaplan, one of the founding legal directors for the non-profit Dependency Court Legal Services, as a supervising attorney. Groman remained with Jo Kaplan until 1994, when she became the founding partner at Groman and Beckloff, which specialized in dependency law.
Then, in 1997, she was appointed to serve as a referee for the Superior Court and was ultimately elevated to a court commissioner for the Superior Court in 1999. As a court commissioner, Groman presided over small-claims and traffic matters as well as juvenile dependency and delinquency trials. She remained in that capacity until winning the election in 2004.
Judge Groman served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1988 to 2000, at which time she was honorably discharged having reached the rank of Lieutenant.
During her time on the Superior Court, Judge Groman has presided over the Mental Health Court and has also served as a supervising judge for the Juvenile Court, Delinquency Division.
In 2018 Judge Groman received the Distinguished Service Award from the Judicial Council of California.
An active member of the LGBTQ community, Groman has done pro bono work for the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center and has been a participant in the Los Angeles Aids Walk.
Her many memberships include the California Judge's Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Bar Association.
She has also served as an instructor for the Center for Judicial Education and Research.
Judge Groman, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, enjoys spending time with her domestic partner, Cecilia Quigley, doing physical fitness activities, as well as scuba diving, hiking, reading, and gardening.
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