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The Honorable Audrey Collins

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Barbara, New York City
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.$

Birthplace

Born:
6/12/1945
Birth Location:
Chester, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal District Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Santa Barbara, New York City
Favorite Quote:
Let's Just Get It Done.$

Birthplace

Born:
6/12/1945
Birth Location:
Chester
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Biography

Federal District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins was born on June 12, 1945 in Chester, Pennsylvania to Dr. Furman L. Brodie Jr. and Audrey Moseley Brodie. She attended Yeadon High School in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. Collins attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earning her B.A. degree in political science in 1967. That year, she received Howard University’s Woman of the Year Award and married her husband, Dr. Tim Collins. In 1969, she earned her M.A. degree in public administration from American University’s School of Government and Public Administration. In 1974, Collins returned to school to earn her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was a member of the UCLA Law Review, and earned her J.D. degree in 1977, graduating with the Order of the Coif.

In 1977, Collins served as an assistant attorney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and in 1978, she was hired as a deputy district attorney of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. In 1987, Collins was promoted to head deputy at the Torrance Branch office. She was then appointed as the assistant director of the Bureaus of Central and Special Operations the following year. In 1992, she was named the assistant district attorney and a deputy general counsel in the Office of the Special Advisor, where she served as counsel to the Los Angeles Police Department Board of Commissioners. Two years later, President Bill Clinton nominated Collins for a seat on the District Court for the Central District of California. She served as chief judge for the court from 2009 through September, 2012.

In 1988, Collins received the Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year Award by the John M. Langston Bar Association. In 1994, she was awarded the National Black Prosecutors Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and, in 2006, she was presented with the Bernard Jefferson Judge of the Year Award by the John M. Langston Bar Association. In 2012, Collins was awarded both the Outstanding Jurist Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles County, the John M. Langston Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, and the National Association of Women Judges.

Collins and her husband have two adult children, one whom is an actor and the other an attorney.

Judge Audrey B. Collins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 18, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Audrey Collins' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her mother's intelligence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers ice deliveries at her maternal grandparents' home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her paternal relatives' migration to the North
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her family's roots in the Presbyterian church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her parents' reasons for leaving Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls the discrimination against her family in Yeadon, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her friendship with Donald Bogle
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her mother's students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes the grade levels at Yeadon Junior Senior High School in Yeadon, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the music and television of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her father's political affiliation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls her summer employment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers visiting the campus of Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her professors at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the civil rights activism at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers President Lyndon Baines Johnson's speech at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls the start of her interest in law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers joining the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls teaching at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her husband's dental career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her early jobs in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the Watergate scandal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her experiences of discrimination she faced at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her transition from private practice to the district attorney's office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls her work at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls her work at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the civil unrest in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the case of the State of California v. Soon Ja Du
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the Rodney King trials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her role on the Committee of Bar Examiners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her work as a federal district judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the need for new judicial positions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her ruling on Humanitarian Law Project v. Reno
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls upholding the removal of nativity scenes from public property
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers a child custody case involving the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Audrey Collins' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her work with Johnnie Cochran
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls serving as the legal advisor to the grand jury
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls serving as a head deputy of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her position in the Association of Deputy District Attorneys
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls her role as an assistant bureau director of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her role in the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about police brutality in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes the changes in criminal justice in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers applying for a federal judgeship
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers her judicial confirmation hearing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes the history of African American judges in California
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the duties of a federal district judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes the outcome of her challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her brother's legal work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her notable cases
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the Myspace anti-spam ruling
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers the challenges to the City of Los Angeles' billboard ordinance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her position as chief district judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about her programs to lower recidivism
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Audrey Collins remembers enforcing the rights of disabled prison inmates in Orange County, California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Audrey Collins recalls serving as chief justice of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her decision to remain an active judge
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her appointment to the California Second District Court of Appeal
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Audrey Collins talks about the duties of an appellate judge
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Audrey Collins reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes her children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - The Honorable Audrey Collins describes how she would like to be remembered