Thursday, August 12, 2010

Welcome Justice Codrington!

The Governor has nominated Riverside County Superior Court Judge Carol D. Codrington to the 4/2 DCA.

Before taking the bench, Codrington "was a sole practitioner from 2004 to 2006 and an associate general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2004. Codrington worked as a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 1999 to 2001, and she was a director for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights from 1997 to 2000. She was an associate, then partner for Mallory and Brown-Curtis from 1989 to 1997 and an associate for Burke, Robinson and Pearman from 1986 to 1989."

A profile in the Press-Enterprise says "Her journey to the bench sounds like the quintessential American success story.  [P]  Codrington's family came to the United States from Belize to get medical treatment for her oldest brother, who had polio, she said.  They became citizens and she was born into a family with five siblings who made South Los Angeles their home."

The article continues, "In May 2006, she became the first black woman in Riverside County history to be hired by other judges as a county court commissioner."  "'I see her being one of our superstars,' [Supervising Judge Sherrill] Ellsworth said of Codrington. 'She had a real command of the law and calendar management.'"