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THE HONORABLE LOUISA A. PORTER

Louisa Porter served for several years as a Board Member of the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (now Consumer Attorneys of San Diego) and later president of the organization from 1988-1989, marking her as the second woman to lead the organization. During 14 years of private practice, she distinguished herself as a tireless advocate and representative for those whose cases might have been ignored; her trial skills are reflected in receipt of two SDTLA Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards' for 1983 and 1985. 

During her law practice,  Judge Porter was active in and served on the boards of several law related organizations.  During her service on the Board and as President she addressed issues of major importance to trial lawyers and consumers by direct contact and advocacy with members of the state and national legislature.  She served as secretary of the SDCBA and as a member of their board.   She was active in the Superior Court's administration as the appointed chair of the San Diego County Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee and later by a special appointment from California Supreme Court Chief Judge Malcolm Lucas to the stateside Diversified Case Management Committee.  She chaired the Fast-Track Committee and helped implement changes in case management during her term in this position with the San Diego Superior Court.

Her judicial career began with her unanimous appointment for a term as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California in 1991, and then as Presiding Judge of the Magistrate Judges from 1997-2002.  Her organizational and educational activities with the bench have continued during her term as the President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association for 2003-2004, and as an instructor at the Federal Judicial Center, which is tasked with the continuing education of the federal judiciary.  She is recognized as a published author of professional articles ranging from international dispute resolution to aviation-law related issues.  These accomplishments mark her 27 years of dedication to serving the bench and bar since her graduation cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1977.