The Honorable Shellie L. Samuels

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 112


The Hon. Shellie L. Samuels is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. She filled the vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Victoria G. Chaney to the Court of Appeals.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Samuels received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979. After graduating from college, Samuels taught at Fresno Unified High School from 1979 to 1981. She began attending Loyola Law School in 1981 and ultimately earned her J.D. in 1984. While at law school, Samuels began a clerkship with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

After graduating from law school, she joined the D.A.'s office full-time as a deputy district attorney. She served as a prosecutor for the D.A.'s office for 25 years and had been assigned to the Hardcore Gang Division. She remained with the D.A.'s office until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2010.

In 1993 the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office named her Prosecutor of the Year. At the time that she received the award, Samuels was the first woman to be bestowed that honor.

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