|Current Court Information:|
|California Second District Court of Appeal|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jerry Brown|
|Succeeded by:||Lee Smalley Edmon|
|Past post:||Superior Court of Los Angeles County Judge|
|Undergraduate:||San Diego State University, 1947|
|Law School:||UCLA Law School, 1955|
Joan Dempsey Klein is the presiding judge of Division Three of the Second District Court of Appeal in California. She was appointed by former Governor Brown and took her oath of office on April 28, 1978. She was retained in the November 5, 2002 and January 6, 2003 elections. She will retire at the end of her current term on January 5, 2015.
She was the deputy attorney general for California from 1955 to 1963. After this, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court and later elected to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1975. She has traveled around the world as a judge. She was a co-founder and the first President of the National Association of Women Judges, as well as the founding President of the California Women Lawyers. She has given many lectures for various organizations and has served as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice.