Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1975-1976, 1977-1979, 1989-1991
Law clerk, Hon. Stanley N. Barnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1976-1977, 1979
Assistant professor of law, University of Tennessee College of Law, 1979-1982
Assistant U.S. attorney, Central District of California, 1982-1989, 1991-1993
Judge, Los Angeles [California] Municipal Court, 1993-1996
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1996-2007
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, September 5, 2006; no Senate vote
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