Korean American named to LA Superior Court

November 20, 2015
Michelle M. Ahnn

Michelle M. Ahnn

A Korean American public defender was among seven named by California Governor Jerry Brown this week as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Michelle M. Ahnn, 42, who served as deputy alternate public defender since 2001, is a former UCLA School of Law lecturer. Ahnn will take over the seat of Lee S. Edmon, who will go on to the Court of Appeal.

Ahnn told the Korea Times Thursday that she is thankful to the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California, judges and attorneys who have advised her on her journey.

Ahnn, who was born in the United States, attended Brown University before graduating from UCLA School of Law.

“I will be an open-minded judge who listens carefully to all sides of a story and who makes fair decisions,” Ahnn said. “If given the chance, I would like to help other Asian American and minority attorneys who are looking to become judges.”

One Comment

  1. Michelle Shin

    November 22, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    I am also a Korean American (named Michelle!) who dreams to become a judge someday. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley, and am looking to go into law school after studying a year in Beijing. Hopefully I will have just as much success in the legal field as Michelle Ahnn has! Congratulations to her!