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


  • Born 1959 – Los Angeles, California
  • Married 12 years – one child, four step-children, five grandchildren

Professional and Legal Background

  • Associate Justice – Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two. Nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 11, 2010, and unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 25, 2010; confirmed by the electorate on November 2, 2010
  • Judge – Superior Court – criminal, civil, family court, domestic violence court and drug court departments – 2007 to 2010 – appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Commissioner – Superior Court – civil, traffic, small claims unlawful detainers, Reise hearings, family court – 2006 to 2007 – elected by the Judges of the Superior Court
  • Law Offices of Carol D. Codrington and Codrington Law Practice Management; strategic legal counseling, civil litigation and consultations in the areas of business planning, internal governance of legal departments and, labor and employment, liability defense, disability law, special education, civil rights, municipal law and school law, 2004 to 2006
  • Associate General Counsel, Los Angeles Unified School District; handled General Litigation Project designed to reduce overall litigation costs. Served as Special Education Team Leader which supervised the legal team and outside counsel in assisting the district to increase compliance with the Individual's with Disabilities Education Act, 2001 to 2004
  • Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office; handled high profile complex litigation for the Police Litigation Unit, including class actions, police misconduct, government tort liability, civil rights, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, 1999 to 2001
  • Adjunct Professor at Law and Director of Litigation, Western Law Center for Disability Rights at Loyola Law School. Courses taught included Disability Law and the WLCDR Civil Rights Litigation Externship. Handled national impact cases, class actions, implementation of consent decrees and other complex litigation in state and federal court involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1996 to 1999
  • Partner and Associate, Mallory, Brown-Curtis & Mallory; conducted state and federal liability defense litigation for various corporations, insurance companies and municipalities. Specialized in civil litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, civil rights, wrongful termination, false arrest and imprisonment, excessive force, serious personal injury and wrongful death, 1989 to 1996
  • Associate, Burke, Robinson & Pearman; conducted litigation in the areas of business, corporations, real estate, construction and personal injury, 1986 to1989

Local Committees and Activities

  • Chair, Drug Court Masterplan and Oversight Committees, 2009 to 2010 – responsible for oversight and coordination of all of Riverside County's Drug Court Programs
  • Chair, Adult Criminal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Steering Committee, 2009 to 2010
  • Member, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2008 to 2010
  • Member, Judicial Education Committee, 2009 to 2010
  • Member, Court and Community Planning Committee, 2007 to 2010
  • Member, Family Law Advisory Committee, 2007 to 2009
  • Member, Civil Law Advisory Committee, 2006 to 2008
  • Member, Civil Law Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, 2007
  • Member, Riverside Commissioners Committee, 2006 to 2007

Education and License(s)

  • Juris Doctorate, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Cum Laude, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, 1981
  • Member, State Bar of California, 1987 to 2007 (until elevation to Judge of the Superior Court, State of California)
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, 1987 to 2007 (until elevation to Judge of the Superior Court)
  • Numerous Continuing Judicial Education Courses, 2006 to present
  • Numerous Continuing Education of the Bar Courses, 1987 to 2007

Professional and Educational Honors

  • Professional Excellence Award, Judicial Officer of the Year, Southwest Riverside County Bar Association
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Mount San Jacinto/Hemet Bar Association
  • California Association of Black Attorneys, Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Community
  • Employment Roundtable of Southern California Leadership Award
  • William L. Strickland Excellence Award, Loyola Marymount University
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Loyola Law School, Black Law Students Association
  • Commendation, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation, City of Los Angeles
  • Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation, City of Inglewood
  • California State Senate, Award of Merit for Community Service
  • Community Service Award, Office of the City Attorney
  • Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Community Service
  • Commendation, City of Inglewood, Community Service
  • California Legislative Assembly, Certificate of Recognition
  • Commendation, County of Los Angeles, Board of Supervisors for Community Service
  • County of Los Angeles, Award of Merit
  • State Bar Board of Governors, Certificate of Tribute
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Award of Merit
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the California Court of Appeals from Presiding Justice Arleigh Maddox Woods
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Loyola Marymount University, W.E.B. Dubois Academic Excellence Award
  • Loyola Marymount University, Academic Achievement Award

Volunteer and Community Services Activities

  • Volunteer Judge – Riverside County Youth Court, 2008 to present
  • Volunteer Judge – Riverside County Mock Trials, 2006 to present
  • Featured Speaker/Presenter – Riverside County Bar Association (various topics), 2006 to present
  • Featured Speaker/Presenter – Mount San Jacinto/Hemet Bar Association, 2007 to present
  • Private Tutor, California Bar Examination, Disabled Candidates and Repeat Examinees, 1995 to present
  • Featured Panelist, Black Women Lawyer's Association & John M. Langston Bar Association, Joint Bar Tutorial, 1992 to Present
  • Facilitator, Marriage Seminar – The Rock Church, 2007 to present
  • Facilitator, Marriage Seminar – San Bernardino Christian Center, 2001 to 2005
  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1995 to 1998
  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1999 to 2006
  • Volunteer, Lawyer in the Classroom, Black Women Lawyer's Association, 1988 to 1993
  • Volunteer, Lawyer in the Mall, Barristers, California State Bar, 1989 to 1993
  • Volunteer, Free Legal Clinic, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 1995 to 1997

Professional Memberships and Appointments

  • Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, Judicial Master, 2009 to present
  • California Judges Association, 2006 to present
  • California Court Commissioners Association, 2006 to 2007
  • Riverside County Bar Association, 2005 to present
  • California Association of Black Lawyers Judicial Section, 2006 to present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, 1997 to 2006
  • State Bar of California, Law Practice Management Section, 2004 to 2006
  • California Women Lawyers Association, 1994 to 1999
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1987 to 2006
  • Chair, State Bar of California, Ethnic Minority Relations Committee, 1999 to 2000
  • Member, State Bar of California, Ethnic Minority Relations Committee, 1996 to 2000
  • Lifetime Member, Black Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles
  • Lifetime Member, John M. Langston Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member, California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Directors, Century City Bar Association, 1996 to 1998
  • Member, City Attorneys Association, 1999 to 2001
  • President, Black Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles, Inc., 1994 to 1995
  • Barristers of Los Angeles County Bar Association Community Action Committee, 1987 to 1989
  • Member, National Bar Association, 1994 to 1995
  • Member, California Women Lawyers Association, Business Development Committee, 1994 to 1999
  • Member, Executive Committee California Minority Counsel Program,1996 to 1998
  • Commissioner, Institute for Policy Studies – Citizens Commission on U. S. Drug Policy, 1999.
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