The Hon. Irma J. Brown is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally appointed to the Compton Municipal Court in 1986 by former Governor George Deukmejian. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to be appointed a judge to that court. She was elevated to the Superior Court as a result of the unification of the courts in 2000.
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Brown graduated with her B.A. in sociology from Loyola Marymount University in 1970. She went on to earn her J.D. from the Loyola Law School in 1973.
After graduating from law school, Brown joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles as an attorney in 1975. In 1978 Judge Brown joined the law firm of Hudson, Sandoz, and Brown as a partner. She was with the firm for four years, until in 1982 when she became a court commissioner for the Compton Municipal Court. She remained in that capacity until her appointment to the bench in 1986.
During her time on the bench, she has served as a supervising judge for the Inglewood Juvenile Court.
In 2010 Judge Brown was inducted into the John M. Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame. She has also served as a president for the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.