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Judge Nicole Bershon was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. She currently sits at the Torrance Courthouse where she handles a felony trial calendar. Previously, she served as the site judge for the Inglewood Courthouse, overseeing daily operations. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as a court commissioner for two years.
Currently, Judge Bershon serves as a vice chair of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Diversity Committee. She has previously served on the Court's Executive, Community Outreach, Court Security, Jury and Temporary Judge committees. She also serves as the vice chair of the California Judges Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity. Judge Bershon is a past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
After graduating from law school, Judge Bershon entered private practice with Stutman, Treister & Glatt, and, later, with Irell & Manella, where she handled bankruptcy, civil and criminal litigation, and corporate matters. She then spent six years with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, handling both criminal and civil matters. Before she joined the bench, Judge Bershon spent almost 10 years with the Office of the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission, first as an assistant inspector general, and later as the inspector general for the LAPD.
Judge Bershon is a graduate of Princeton University, where she was co-captain of the women’s rugby team. She received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. She is the incoming president of the UCLA Law Alumni Association.
"Rethinking Contract Remedies," Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
“Mourning, Memory, and Metahistory,” English Language Notes (forthcoming 2021).
“Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana,” Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University Annual Conference on Cuban Slavery, Yale University, New Haven, CT.