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Amy Pellman

Amy Pellman

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: August 19, 2018

Amy M. Pellman, is a Superior Court Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She was elected a commissioner in 2005 and appointed Judge in 2008. Pellman currently presides over a family law trial court and handles all surrogacy cases in Los Angeles County.  Pellman also presided over a specialized court at the Edelman’s Children’s court where she heard dependency cases, case involving the ICWA, adoptions, contested private adoption cases and surrogacy.

Pellman is a featured speaker at numerous conferences and law schools, and was awarded the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award by Southwestern Law School.  Pellman also has written extensively on legal issues related to children and families

Prior to joining the bench, Pellman was a nationally recognized advocate for children’s rights and received the highly coveted Child Advocacy Law Award from the American Bar Association, a national award that recognizes outstanding work and achievement on behalf of children. Pellman served as the legal director for The Alliance for Children’s Rights, a non-profit legal organization devoted to providing free legal services to children living in poverty. While at the Alliance, Pellman oversaw the legal services for The Alliance, directing impact litigation and individual legal services for children in foster care, children requiring medical assistance, and children with physical, mental and educational disabilities. Prior to joining the Alliance, Pellman served as a senior trial and appellate counsel for Dependency Court Legal Services representing children in foster care.

Pellman received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and law degree from City University of New York School of Law. She was a member of both the New York and California bars and practiced civil litigation in New York and served as a federal clerk for the Second Circuit of New York.


Bloomberg BNA
April 18, 2019
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr discussed a case that asks whether or not suspects have a legal obligation to unlock their smartphones for investigators. "In light of the lower court disagreement, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take on this issue in the next few years," said Kerr. "In the meantime, state and lower federal courts are grappling with it."


Jonathan Barnett
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"Antitrust Overreach: Undoing Cooperative Standardization in the Digital Economy," Michigan Technology Law Review.

Dorothy S. Lund
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“Nonvoting Shares and Efficient Corporate Governance,” Law Faculty Workshop, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA.

Gregory Keating
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Gregory Keating presented and commented on Margaret Gilberts' "Rights And Demands," at the Rights and Demands Conference held by the University of California, Irvine Center for Law and Philosophy.