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Sheila Frances Pokras was American judge. Bar: California 1970, United States District Court District of Columbia 1970, United States District Court California 1970, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1975. Named Woman of Year, National Organization of Women, Long Beach, 1984; recipient Torch of Liberty award, B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League, 1974; honoree, National Conference Christians and Jews, 1986.


Pokras, Sheila Frances was born on August 5, 1935 in Newark.


Student, Beaver College, 1954. Bachelor of Science in Education, Temple University, 1957. Juris Doctor cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1969.


Teacher elementary and secondary schools, Philadelphia and Newark, 1957-1959;private practice law, Long Beach, California, 1970-1978;city councilwoman, Lakewood, California, 1972-1976;judge, Long Beach Municipal Court, 1978-1980;judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1980-1998;retired, 1998. Supervising judge, 1986. Delegate California State Democratic Center Committee, 1975, California State Convention, 1975.

Member Committee on Gender Bias in California Courts, 1986-1989.


Advisor Junior League, 1980-1985. Member early childhood advisory board Long Beach City College. Board directors Long Beach Alcoholism Council, 1979-1980, Boys and Girls Club American, 1981-1989, Long Beach Symphony, 1985, Jewish Community Federation, 1982-1986, past member community relations committee.

Active National Women's Political Caucus, League of Women Voters. Member American Bar Association, American Association of University Women, National Association Women Judges (district supervisor 1986), California Bar Association (judges division), California Judges Association (member annual seminar committee 1981-1989), Municipal Courts Judges Association (member Marshall committee 1979-1980), Los Angeles County Bar Association (judges division, member arbitration committee), Women Lawyers Association, Los Angeles (judges section), Women Lawyers Association Long Beach, Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation (vice president 1976-1978), Long Beach Bar Association (active various committees, board governors 1977-1978, Judge of Year 1987), Long Beach Chamber of Chamber (board directors).


  • Other Interests

    Swimming, golf, jogging, classical music, movies.


Married Norman M. Pokras, 1954. Children: Allison, Andrea, Larry.