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About Shellie Samuels

For more than five years, Shellie Samuels of Van Nuys, California, has served the Los Angeles Superior Court as a courtroom judge with extensive experience in areas of misdemeanor criminal trials. On an average day, she oversees between 35 and 50 of these criminal cases. Prior to taking on her duties as a judge, Shellie Samuels, a graduate of the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, worked as a prosecutor based out of the San Fernando Valley. She experienced considerable success in her work as a prosecutor, achieving 48 murder convictions in 49 attempts.

Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Samuels spent multiple years as a high school teacher working in the Fresno Unified School District. Primarily focusing on social studies, she taught history, English, and government. Outside of her work as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge she likes to spend time with her family, including her two sons.

Work experience

Mar 2009Present


Los Angeles Superior Court
Sep 1979Jun 1981

High School teacher

Fresno Unified School District


Sep 1978Jun 1979

teaching credential

Sep 1971May 1976