The Hon. Valerie Salkin is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in June of 2010 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of William R. Weisman. She was then subsequently appointed to the bench a month later by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His appointment allowed Judge Salkin to take the bench immediately.
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Salkin received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1988. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1992.
Salkin completed a clerkship for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Chicago. After her clerkship, she became deputy legal counsel for Brad Sherman, the former chair of the California State Board of Equalization, in 1993. In 1997 Salkin joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. During her twelve years with the D.A.'s office, she spent the last two assigned to the Hardcore Gang Unit.
In 1996 she ran an unsuccessful bid for a position on the state Assembly.
She has served as a speaker for her alma mater, USC Gould School of Law.
In 1992 Judge Salkin received the Gold Key award from the American Bar Association and in 2006 she received the Outstanding Prosecutor Award from the Justice for Homicide Victims.
Her memberships have included the National Women's Political Caucus, the California Democratic State Central Committee, the Jewish Federation, the Youth Foundation Board, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law (1992)
B.A. from University of Michigan (1988)
Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1997 to 2010)
Deputy Legal Counsel at Brad Sherman, former-Chair of the California State Board of Equalization (1993 to 1996)
Clerk at Chicago Federal Public Defender's Office
Speaker at USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles County, CA