Guest Speaker Series: Judge Karen A. Gauff

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Education Building (EDU), 1111
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Karen Ackerson Gauff, a Los Angeles County Superior Judge, has been a pioneer in launching a new type of problem-solving court. The goal of the Community Collaborative Court (CCC) she presides at in Compton is designed to address the needs of multiple at-risk and vulnerable populations, including veterans, the mentally ill, the homeless, substance abusers and at-risk youth who have aged out of the foster care system. The Collaborative Courts combine judicial supervision and rehabilitation services. Judge Gauff said the CCC is “six different types of courts in one courtroom,” addressing the problems of a wide range of individuals, including “those trying to overcome sexual exploitation.” Judge Gauff was appointed to the bench in 2010. A graduate of UC San Diego and Whittier Law School, Judge Gauff spent a decade in private practice and then served a decade in the California Attorney General’s office before becoming a judge. Judge Gauff’s memoir Courting With Chance: Reconciling Memoirs, has been praised as “a remarkable journey,” exemplifying the theme of “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.”

Lunch will be provided.

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