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The Honorable Kim Garlin Dunning

Orange County Superior Court (website)

Court Info

Orange County Superior Court (website)

Biography

The Hon. Kim G. Dunning is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. She was appointed by former governor Pete Wilson on April 24, 1997, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jean Rheinheimer.

Dunning earned a B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1972. She then received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1977.

Dunning began her legal career as an associate with Morris, Polich & Purdy in 1978. Then, in 1981, she moved to Murtaugh, Hatcher & Miller, where she worked until joining the City of Santa Ana as a deputy city attorney in 1982. The following year she began working as a senior research attorney for Associate Justice Thomas F. Crosby of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. She briefly returned to private practice in 1996, working as an attorney with Ramsey & Johnson before her appointment to the Superior Court of Orange County in 1997.

Dunning was raised in Los Angeles County, California. She attended Inglewood High School.

Dunning enjoys playing golf with her husband.

She will sit Pro-Tem in Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal until April 30, 2019.

Education

J.D. from Southern Methodist University (1977)

B.A. from Stanford University (1972) (Economics)

Career

Attorney at Ramsey & Johnson in Orange County, California (1996 to 1997)

Senior Research Attorney at Fourth District Court of Appeal in Orange County, California (1983 to 1995)

Deputy City Attorney at City of Santa Ana in Orange County, California (1982 to 1982)

Attorney at Murtaugh, Hatcher & Miller in Orange County, California (1981 to 1981)

Attorney at Morris, Polich & Purdy in Orange County, California (1978 to 1980)

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