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Stephen Michael Lachs

Stephen Michael Lachs, American judge. Bar: California 1964, California (United States District Court (central district)) 1964. Board directors Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, since 1974; founding member Municipal Elections Committee Los Angeles, 1977; Member of American Bar Association, Lawyers Human Rights, Los Angeles County Bar Association (executive committee family law section), Phi Delta Phi.

Background

Lachs, Stephen Michael was born on September 27, 1939 in New York City. Son of Irving and Irene(Balogh) L. Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1960, Bachelor of Laws, 1963. Bar: California 1964, United States District Court (central district) California 1964.

Association, Ordin & Gerst, Beverly Hills, California, 1964-1966.

Education

Sole practice, Los Angeles, 1966-1969. Trial deputy Los Angeles Public Defender, 1969-1975. Commissioner Los Angeles Superior Court, 1975-1979, judge, since 1979.

Adjunct Professor law Whittier School Law, Los Angeles, since 1983. Lecturer family law topics, various professional orgns.

Career

He was the first openly gay judge appointed in the United States and is thought to be the first openly gay judge appointed anywhere in the world. Lachs received a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1960 and an LL.B. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1963. From 1975 to 1979, Lachs served as a commissioner of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

In 1979, Lachs received a judicial appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court from Jerry Brown, who was beginning his second term as Governor of California. Brown had completed his first term as governor without appointing any openly gay people to any position, but he cited the failed 1978 Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban homosexuals from working in California's public schools, for his increased support of gay rights. Lachs retired from the bench on October 3, 1999.

After retiring from the bench, Lachs worked for Action Dispute Resolution Services, a private company that offers mediation services for civil disputes. Lachs granted Rowe's 2001 request to terminate her parental rights, but subsequently reversed that decision during a 2005 hearing. In December 2005, Lachs recused himself from the case after being accused by Jackson's lawyers of bias against Jackson.

Membership

Board directors Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, since 1974. Founding member Municipal Elections Committee Los Angeles, 1977. Member of American Bar Association, Lawyers Human Rights, Los Angeles County Bar Association (executive committee family law section), Phi Delta Phi.