July 17, 2018

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of Los Angeles to receive ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 17, 2018 – Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the Los Angeles Superior Court is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2018 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Marshall will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition to Marshall, the 2018 award recipients include Eileen Letts, Cynthia E. Nance, Tina M. Tchen and Patricia Gillette.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women. We applaud their achievements, knowing that their efforts will inspire a new generation of women lawyers,” said Stephanie Scharf, chair of the ABA Commission on Women. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Beginning her career as a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles, Marshall was the first woman ever hired as a lawyer by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. After working at the private firm of Cochran & Atkins in Los Angeles, she left private practice for the bench, serving as a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner, Inglewood Municipal Court judge and Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Marshall was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.

Marshall has been very active in the legal community, serving on committees for the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She is also an active member of the International Association of Women Judges and currently serves on the RAND Institute for Civil Justice Board of Overseers and as a board member of Equal Justice Works.

Marshall earned her bachelor’s degree at Howard University and her J.D. from Howard

University Law School.

The ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America.  Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638, and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case.

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