Judge Kevin Brazile has demonstrated a strong commitment to justice throughout his distinguished and history-making career.   Born in Los Angeles, he was the first in his family to attend college, receiving his B.A. and J.D. degrees from UCLA even as he worked a myriad of jobs.  Upon graduation from law school, he joined the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office where he rose to become the first African-American division chief, arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and California Courts of Appeal.  In 2002 he was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Gray Davis and in 2019 became the first African-American to be elected presiding judge.

Judge Brazile co-chairs the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness and has served as a member of the Judicial Council’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee. He was appointed by the Chief Justice in September 2020, to serve a three-year term as voting member on the Judicial Council of California.  His strong leadership has been evident most recently during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis as he has kept courts functioning, making challenging decisions and implementing innovative solutions.

An inspirational leader who has inspired ethnic minorities and worked to increase the diversity of the court’s leadership, his honors and awards are numerous, including the Langston Bar Judge of the Year Award, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel Judge of the Year Award and California Association of Black Lawyers Judge of the Year Award.


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