Student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1963. Student, University Pittsburgh, 1974. Bachelor cum laude, New York University, 1978.
Juris Doctor, Southwestern University, 1980.
Private practice law, Washington, 1981-1982. Partner Ashley-Farrand & Smith, Glendale, California, 1983-1987. Private practice law, 1987-1995.
Private practice Pasadena, California, since 1995. Settlement officer Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1990—1999. Member manager Saraswati Publications LLC, since 2001.
Officer Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc., since 2001. Priest Sanatana Dharma Satsang, since 2001. Gayatri Temple manager Beaverton, Oregon, since 2007.
Judge pro tempore Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1989-1999, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1993—2006.
Convenor, president East Hills chapter National Organization of Women, 1972-1974. Member Pennsylvania State Board, 1972-1974, president Hollywood chapter 1974-1975, member board New York City chapter 1975-1978. Convenor, coordinator Los Angeles Women's Coalition for Better Broadcasting, 1974-1975, Shades of Culture Women's Club, 2000-2006.
Democratic nominee California State Assembly, 1994. Vice president legal, Institute Fair Elections, 1992-2008. Member of California Women Lawyers, American Civil Liberties Union, National Organization of Women, Alliance for Peace (Department of Peace), League of Conservation Voters.
Married Marvin H. Bennett, March 5, 1964 (div. June 1974),; children: Marc, Alisa. Married Thomas Ashley-Farrand, December 11, 1981 (deceased October 1, 2010).