Klein, Joan Dempsey
1924 -

Born: 8/18/1924 in San Jose, California
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Civil Rights
Criminal Law
Family Law
Juvenile Law
Civil, criminal, juvenile and dependency matters
Regions and States of Practice:
CA, West
Legal Education:
UCLA School of Law, 1955
Other Education:
San Diego State University (1947)
Positions During Her Career:
California deputy attorney general (1955-1963)
Presiding judge over Los Angeles Municipal Court (1963-1975)
Judge for Los Angeles County Superior Court (1975-1978)
Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three (1978-?)
Received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession (1997)
Selected as "Person of the Year" by the Metropolitan News Enterprise (1992)
An award from the Valley Presbyterian Hospital as a Woman of Vision.
First recipient of the California Women Lawyers' Joan Dempsey Klein Award "for excellence as a jurist and long standing vigorous service and inspiration to women lawyers," now an annual award.
Selected as the Appellate Justice of the Year by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (1990)
An award from the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce as one of the "10 Most Outstanding Women" of her community.
A "Community Woman of Achievement" award from Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
The Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah for her "contributions to justice."
The Professional Achievement Award conferred by the UCLA Alumni Association.
Selected "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times.
Selected as the Municipal Court Judge of the Year by the California Trial Lawyers Association.
The Ernestine Stahlhut Award of the Women Lawyers Association, Los Angeles.
Selected alumna of the Year, UCLA Law School.

Further Research Materials

A Century of Achievement: The Centennial of the National Association of Women Lawyers
Selma Moidel Smith: A Century of Achievement: The Centennial of the National Association of Women Lawyers, 85 Women Lawyers Journal 2 (Summer 1999) *Originally printed as two articles: "...The First 50 Years," 9 Experience 1 (Fall 1998), and "...The Second 50 Years," 9 Experience 2 (Winter 1999)
NAWJ selects 1989 "Honoree of the Year", 10 (2) NAWJ Counter Balance (1989)
Charles Roberts and Maxine Sonnenburg, Women Judges Miffed at Bush's Snub, Daily Journal, November 4, 1989