The Honorable Paul L. Abrams

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Department 780


The Hon. Paul L. Abrams is a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. He was appointed to the position in 2002 and during his tenure has also served as a judicial officer in the Court's Conviction and Sentence Alternative Program. In 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Abrams to serve as an Article III federal judge, but his nomination was returned to President Obama without confirmation.

Judge Abrams received his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1983.

Prior to his appointment to the District Court, Abrams had served as a supervising deputy federal public defender with the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California since 1992. He joined the Federal Public Defender's Office as a deputy federal public defender in 1987.

Before that, Abrams had served as the directing attorney in the San Fernando Valley office of Bet Tzedek Legal Services' Valley Rights Project from 1985 to 1987 and also practiced as an associate at the law firm Jeffer, Mangels, Butler, and Mitchell LLP from 1983 to 1985.

Judge Abrams was born in Los Angeles, California.

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