Children's Rights Expert Commissioner Amy Pellman to Address New Students
Hon. Amy M. Pellman, Commissioner/Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be the special guest speaker at Southwestern's 2007 Orientation Program on August 11. Commissioner Pellman, who is currently assigned to the family law trial department at the Central District in downtown Los Angeles, will share her perspectives on "Finding you Passion in the Law."
Just prior to her election to the bench in 2005, Commissioner Pellman was the Legal Director for The Alliance for Children's Rights, a non-profit organization providing free legal services to children living in poverty. In that capacity, she directed litigation and individual legal services for children in foster care, children requiring medical assistance, and children with physical, mental and educational disabilities. Commissioner Pellman previously served as senior trial attorney and appellate counsel representing children in foster care for Dependency Court Legal Services, and in 2003, she was the recipient of the American Bar Association's distinguished Child Advocacy Law Award.
Commissioner Pellman currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Section on Family Law. She has authored numerous training manuals and scholarly articles on issues related to children and poverty and is a regular contributor to the treatise California Juvenile Dependency Practice (Continuing Education of the Bar). Commissioner Pellman has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and law schools, and teaches Children and the Law at Southwestern, where she was awarded the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. She has also been a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs since 2004. Commissioner Pellman earned her B.A. degree at Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. degree at City University of New York, and is a member of both the New York and California State Bars.