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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.


The New Republic
February 20, 2019
Re: Sam Erman

The New Republic published a review of Sam Erman's book entitled "Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire. According to the reviewer, "The book is deeply researched and densely footnoted, but Erman’s writing is also lively and lucid, and he has an eye for catchy stories and compelling characters." The review goes on to suggest that aside from its compelling narrative, the book "has recovered a crucial history of the struggle over democracy, rights, race, and gender in America, a set of conflicts we have not left behind."


Jonathan Barnett
December, 2018

Jonathan Barnett co-authored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission in response to a request for public comments following Hearings #4 on Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy. 

Dorothy S. Lund
December, 2018

"Nonvoting Shares and Efficient Corporate Governance," Ackerman Conference on Differential Voting Shares, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Orin Kerr
December, 2018

"Implementing Carpenter" posted to SSRN.