Assistant attorney Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles, 1977-1978. With Office Los Angeles County District Attorney, 1978-1994, department district attorney, 1978-1994, assistant director bureaus central operations and special operations, 1988-1992, assistant director attorney, 1992-1994. Judge United States District Court (central district) California, 1994—2009, chief judge, since 2009.
Deputy general counsel Office Special.
Member Federal Bar Association, National Association Women Judges, National Bar Association (life ), Association Business Trial Lawyers (board directors 2004—06), State Bar California (committee bar examiners, chairman subcommittee on moral character 1992-1993, co-chairman 1993-1994), Los Angeles County Bar Association (executive committee litigation section 1999-2002, task force on criminal justice system 2002-2003), Association Los Angeles County District Attorneys (president 1983), Black Women Lawyers Los Angeles County, Women Lawyers Los Angeles (life, board directors since 2005, board governors 2005-2006), California Women Lawyers (life), Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.