Audrey Collins

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Audrey Collins
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #11
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   5/9/1994 - Present
Chief:   2009 - 2012
Preceded by:   Robert Bonner
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Chester, PA
Undergraduate:   Howard U., B.A., 1967
Law School:   U. of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1977
Grad. School:   American U., M.A., 1969

Audrey B. Collins is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She became Chief Judge of the court in 2009 and served in that position until October 2012.[1][2]

Early life and education

Collins graduated from Howard University with her bachelor's degree in 1967 and graduated from American University with her Master's degree in 1969. She received a J.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1977.[1]

Professional career

1992-1994: Lead Assistant District Attorney
1988-1992: Assistant Director of Central and Special Operations
1987-1988: Head deputy, Torrance Branch Office
  • 1992: Deputy general counsel, Office of the Special Adviser to the Los Angeles Police Department Board of Commissioners
  • 1977: Assistant Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Greater Los Angeles[1]

Judicial career

Central District of California

On the recommendation of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Collins was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994 to a seat vacated by Robert Bonner as Bonner resigned from active judicial service. Carter was confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 1994 on a majority voice vote and received commission on May 9, 1994.[3][1]

Notable cases

Billboards lawsuit (2009)

  United States District Court for the Central District of California
     *World Wide Rush LLC et al v. Los Angeles City of et al 2:07-cv-00238-ABC -JWJ
Judge Collins was the presiding judge in a highly charged lawsuit involving World Wide Rush LLC and the City of Los Angeles. The lawsuit claimed that the City of Los Angeles wrongfully refused permits to approve billboards in the city. The judge disallowed the lawsuit on the basis there was not enough evidence World Wide Rush could prove beyond a reasonable doubt.[4]

Stance on judicial pay

In the fall of 2009, Judge Collins expressed concern that the federal courts were losing judges due to increased caseload and low wages. She pointed out that the Central District of California had lost eight judges since 1998, seven of whom resigned to take higher paying jobs. She urged the enactment of Senate Bill 1653, the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009, which would have authorized additional judgeships in the circuit. She also strongly recommended that judicial compensation be increased.[5][6][7] The bill however, did not pass and never went to a vote in the U.S. Senate.[8]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Bonner
Central District of California
Seat #11
Succeeded by:

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