About Judge Michael Nash


About Judge Michael Nash


Judge Michael Nash was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1985.  In 1989, he was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court and has served in the Juvenile Court since 1990.  Since 1995, he has served as either Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court or Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Dependency Court.  Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Nash was a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office from 1974-1985.  Serving in the criminal division, he handled hundreds of cases in the Courts of Appeal including multiple appearances before the California Supreme Court.  He was also co-prosecutor in the notorious Hillside Strangler trial from 1981-1983, the longest criminal trial in American history which resulted in conviction of the defendant. 

As a juvenile court judge, Judge Nash has played a role in bringing numerous changes to the juvenile courts in Los Angeles.  Some of these include the creation of drug courts in both Delinquency and Dependency Courts; development of psychotropic medication protocols for juvenile court youth; development of protocols to foster communication and coordination between Dependency and Delinquency Courts; projects to enhance and define the role of attorneys in juvenile court and more.  He also helped create Adoption Saturday in Los Angeles in 1998.  Since then, approximately 10,000 foster children in Los Angeles have had their adoptions completed in Saturday court hearings.  The program has become a national program with over 200 courts in all fifty states participating annually in National Adoption Day.  In 2008, almost 3000 adoptions were completed on National Adoption Day. 

Judge Nash currently serves as Treasurer of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the nation’s oldest judicial member organization.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, a member and past Co-chair of the California Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee, a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, and the California Child Welfare Council.  He previously served as a member of the California Judicial Council. Judge Nash has received numerous recognitions including being named Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California in 1997; National Judge of the Year by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association in 2006; the Stanley Mosk Legacy of Justice Award by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association in 2007; and was named one of the “500 Leading Judges in America” by Lawdragon Magazine. Judge Nash is married to Assistant City Attorney Patricia Clemens and they have an eighteen year old daughter, Molly, who is a college freshman.