Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington

Carol D. Codrington Name: Carol D. Codrington
Position: Associate Justice – Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Justice Carol D. Codrington is an associate justice for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two. Justice Codrington is the first African American to serve in the 4th District Court of Appeal. She was nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 11, 2010, unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 25, 2010, and confirmed by the electorate on November 2, 2010. Prior thereto, she was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court in 2007. While serving on the trial court, Justice Codrington presided over family court, domestic violence court and various other civil and criminal assignments. Prior to her elevation to the bench, Justice Codrington practiced in the area of complex civil litigation in state and federal court. She was a an associate at Burke, Robinson & Pearman, partner at the law firm of Mallory & Brown-Curtis, Director Of Litigation at the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (now Disability Rights Legal Center) and an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, Deputy City Attorney with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and an Associate General Counsel with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also ran her own private law practice prior to being elected by the Commissioner of the Superior Court by the Judges of Riverside County in 2006. Justice Codrington is a member of the Judicial Council of California Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee among other appointments. She is a Past-President and a life member of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Inc. Justice Codrington is also a life member of California Association of Black Lawyers and the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles. She an ex officio member of the Riverside County Bar Association, San Bernardino County Bar Association and the Richard T. Fields Bar Association. Justice Codrington is a Judicial Master for the Leo E. Deegan Inn of Court and the 2015-2016 President of the Inn. Justice Codrington is a member of the California Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, International Association of Women Judges, among other organizations. Justice Codrington serves on several statewide and local advisory committees and boards.

Justice Codrington attended the prestigious Sir Richard May Seminar on International Law and International Courts, in The Hague, Netherlands. Justice Codrington has received numerous commendations and resolutions for her commitment to public service from the California State Senate, the California Legislature Assembly, the Secretary of State, the California State Controller, the State Board of Equalization, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood. She also has received professional awards including the Employment Roundtable of Southern California Leadership Award, the William L. Strickland Excellence Award from Loyola Marymount University’s African American Alumni Association, and the Professional Excellence Award as Judicial Officer of the Year from the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, Bernard S Jefferson, Jurist of the Year Award, John M. Langston Bar Association, Judge Elwood Rich Outstanding Jurist Award, Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, Leadership in Jurisprudence Award, 16th Annual Celebration of Excellence and Jurist of the Year Award, Richard T. Fields Bar Association Judicial Officer of the Year, among other awards. Justice Codrington enjoys mentoring elementary, high school, college and law students from all walks of life. Justice Codrington is a frequent lecturer on various topics including domestic violence, marriage and family law, the appellate court process, the importance of mentoring, diversity, access to justice, leadership, among other legal topics. Justice Codrington was recently named one of 50 Inspirational Alumni of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

Born in Los Angeles, Justice Codrington is of Belizean descent, is married and has one adult son, four stepchildren and several grandchildren. Justice Codrington is the first in her family to earn a law degree. Justice Codrington earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

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