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The Hon. Lillian K. Sing (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. She was initially elected to the Municipal Court of San Francisco in 1981. She retired from the bench in 2015.
Sing earned a B.S. in psychology from Occidental College. She then received an M.S.W. from Columbia University. She used this educational background to assist a number of non-profit organizations in San Francisco. She worked as a social worker for Big Brothers and as a counselor for the English Learning Center. She also served as an associate director for the Chinese Newcomers Service Center in San Francisco, California.
Sing then earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She began her legal career as an associate at the Law Offices of Simmons, Ungar, and Pohlmann. She then started her own private practice, where she worked as a solo practitioner. She then joined the Office of the Public Defender of San Francisco County.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Sing served as a commissioner for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Civil Service Commission. She also served as a trustee for the Governing Board of San Francisco Community College.
During her tenure on the bench, Sing started the first Drug Court for San Francisco County. She also served on its Domestic Violence Court.
Sing is a recipient of the Civil Rights Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Justice Award from the Alice B. Toklas Club, the Presiding Judge Award from the Lawyers Club of San Francisco, the Asian Pacific Leadership Award from the University of San Francisco Center for Pacific Rim, the Outstanding Jurist Award from the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance, the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
She was a founding member of Chinese Affirmative Action, the Wah Mei Bilingual School, and the Rape of Nanking Redress Coalition. She also served as chair for the California Asian American Judges Association.
Sing was born in Shanghai, but her family fled to a neighboring city during World War II. She immigrated to the United States just before she entered high school.
She was the first Asian-American woman to serve on the bench in Northern California
B.S. from Occidental College (Psychology)
M.S.W. from Columbia University
J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Judge at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California
Trustee at San Francisco Community College in San Francisco County, California
Commissioner at San Francisco Civil Service Commission in San Francisco County, California
Commissioner at San Francisco Human Rights Commission in San Francisco County, California
Attorney at Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco County, California
Solo Practitioner at Law Office of Lillian K. Sing in San Francisco County, California
Associate at Law Offices of Simmons, Ungar & Pohlmann in San Francisco County, California
Instructor/Counselor at English Language Center in San Francisco County, California
Associate Director at Chinese Newcomers Service Center in San Francisco County, California
Social Worker at Big Brothers in San Francisco County, California
Judge at Municipal Court of California in San Francisco County, California