Graduated from San Diego State with a B.A., and awarded a one-year teaching fellowship at UCLA. Graduated UCLA Law School with an LL.B.

Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three (April 28, 1978 - Present). Served as a state deputy attorney general for seven years prior to appointment to the Los Angeles Municipal Court. As Presiding Judge thereof, initiated city wide Bail by Mail, and inaugurated the Los Angeles County Planning & Research Unit for the courts. Elected to Los Angeles Superior Court by wide margin. Appointed to state Court of Appeal as a Presiding Justice, handling civil, criminal, juvenile and dependency matters county-wide, along with administrative duties.


  • National Association of Women Judges; Co-founder and first President

  • Member, Advisory Committee, National Judicial Education
    Program to Promote Equality for women and men in the courts
    (gender bias task forces)

  • American Bar Association

  • California Judges Association; has served on a number of committees thereof

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • California Women Lawyers; founding President

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • UCLA Law School Alumni Association
    First UCLA law graduate to serve on the judiciary, and
    a former member of Board of Directors

Klein participated in the technical legal assistance workshop on the Independence of the Judiciary sponsored by ABA's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) in Yugoslavia in February 1991.

Klein and Mr. Klein were co-leaders of several People-to People delegations of women judges, lawyers and spouses to meet with counterparts and study judicial systems throughout the world, including: 1987, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji; 1985, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland; 1983, China, Hong Kong and Japan

In May 1980, the U.S. Information & Culture Agency (USICA) selected Klein, accompanied by Mr. Klein, to lecture on the U.S. judicial system throughout Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

Also in 1980, Klein represented the United States in a conference in Puerto Rico attended by Central and South American delegate judges on women and the law sponsored by the Puerto Rico Bar Association.

Klein, as President of the National Association of Women Judges, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of Sandra Day O'Connor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Klein's visit to Israel, Klein was privileged to sit with the Israeli Supreme Court.

Klein and Mr. Klein also traveled to Russia, Hungary and Romania with the "Distinguished Delegation of the California Judiciary."

Klein has lectured for the California Judges Association, the Continuing Education of the Bar Program, State Bar, and at UCLA, USC and Loyola Universities. She was a professor of Judicial Administration, night class, USC. Klein is a frequent speaker for service and women's organizations, as well as other groups, and has had numerous articles published.

Klein served as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice.

Klein served as a member of the Judicial Criminal Justice Planning Committee overseeing expenditures of LEAA funds for court projects.

In a study completed in June 1976, Klein presided as Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the California Highway Patrol of a two-year project confirming the feasibility of women serving as CHP officers.

Received the coveted Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 1997 from the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • Received the coveted Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 1997 from the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • Selected as "Person of the Year" for 1992 by the Metropolitan News Enterprise.

  • An award from the Valley Presbyterian Hospital as a Woman of Vision.

  • First recipient of the California Women Lawyers' Joan Dempsey Klein Award "for excellence as a jurist and long standing vigorous service and inspiration to women lawyers," now an annual award.

  • Selected as the Appellate Justice of the Year, 1990, by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association.

  • An award from the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce as one of the "10 Most Outstanding Women" of her community.

  • A "Community Woman of Achievement" award from Big Sisters of Los Angeles.

  • The Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah for her "contributions to justice."

  • The Professional Achievement Award conferred by the UCLA Alumni Association.

  • Selected "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Selected as the Municipal Court Judge of the Year by the California Trial Lawyers Association.

  • The Ernestine Stahlhut Award of the Women Lawyers Association, Los Angeles.

  • Selected alumna of the Year, UCLA Law School.

A fifth generation Californian whose ancestors, the Bernal family, had a land grant in Santa Clara County.

Justice Klein is married to Conrad Lee Klein an attorney and business executive; five children and nine grandchildren.

Justice Klein and Mr. Klein share an active interest in current events, traveling and sports, including tennis, swimming and walking.


Dated: September 12, 2002