Elected Member

The Hon. Michelle Williams Court

Los Angeles, CA
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Pomona College
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Michelle Williams Court is a judge on the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California and is Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2011 and was re-elected in 2020 for a term that expires in January 2027.

Judge Court is a Member of the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body of the California courts.  She also serves on the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, is Chair of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Technology Committee, and is President of the Los Angeles Law Library Board of Trustees.  She has served in the court’s Executive Committee and as an advisor to the Judicial Council as a member of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, the Language Access Implementation Plan Taskforce, the Probate Conservatorship Taskforce, and the Technology Tactical Plan Update Workstream.

Prior to joining the court, Judge Court was vice president and general counsel at Bet Tzedek (2002-2011). Her other previous roles include senior associate at Milberg LLP (2000-2002); community builder fellow and civil rights specialist of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (1999-2000); litigation associate at Litt and Marquez (1995-1999); project attorney at ACLU (1994-1995); and an associate at Gilbert Kelly Crowley and Jennett (1993-1994).

Judge Court received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

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Areas of Expertise
Civil Rights (Constitutional Law)
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Constitutional Law
Family Law
Poverty Law