Lynne Riddle

September 02, 2010

Name: Lynne Riddle

Age: 72

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Residence: Newport Beach

Occupation: retired federal judge

Education: juris doctor from UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, 1977; post-doctoral fellow at the  department of philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, 1972; doctor of education from School of Education, Syracuse University, New York, 1968  (in residence 1963-66); bachelor's and master's degrees from Cal State Los Angeles, 1963, 1960; associate's degree from Mt. San Antonia College, Walnut, Calif., 1957; high chool diploma, El Monte High School, El Monte, Calif., 1955

Experience as an educator:

For nine years prior to law school, I was a graduate and undergraduate instructor and professor in "teacher training" programs at Syracuse University, Cal State Long Beach, the State University of Iowa, UC Santa Barbara and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

While on the federal court bench I developed, and taught in, an advanced paralegal studies certificate program at UC Irvine Extension. Moreover, during my 14 years on the bench I was an organizer, presenter and/or panel member in numerous continuing legal education programs for lawyers in Orange and Los Angeles counties.


There are two additional, and unique, "educator" experiences I’ve enjoyed. While a doctoral student at Syracuse I was appointed on a part-time basis to conduct/teach physical training and "host country games" to female Peace Corps volunteers headed for assignments in East Africa. In connection with that assignment, I spent the summer of 1965 in East Africa with Operation Crossroads Africa, learning about Kenyan schools and "development education." Additionally, sandwiched between my post-doc studies and law school, I was the women’s advocate (a UC employee position) to the Office of the President of UC at Berkeley working in the affirmative action unit and charged to represent all women –- faculty, staff, students -- on all UC campuses regarding employment fairness and practices.  

Previously elected or appointed positions:

In 1988 I was appointed by the judges of the United States Court of Appeals to a 14-year term as a United States bankruptcy judge for the Central District of California encompassing Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. I retired from that position at the conclusion of my term in 2002.

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