May 1, 1961 |
Astoria, New York
|Occupation||Lawyer, judge, television personality|
|Known for||The People's Court 2001-present|
Marilyn Milian, (born May 1, 1961, in Astoria, New York), is a former Florida state circuit court judge who currently presides over the American television program The People's Court. She is the first female judge to preside over the long-running court show. By September 3rd, 2012, Milian reached her 12th season presiding over the program, equalling that of Joseph Wapner and making her one of the longest serving judges to preside over The People's Court.
Early life and education 
Born in Astoria, Queens, New York to Cuban parents, Milian is fluent in Spanish. She and her family moved to Miami when she was eight years old. She graduated from St. Brendan High School. Milian earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami, graduating summa cum laude, with a 4.0 grade point average. She then attended Georgetown University Law Center, earning her J.D., cum laude, at age 23. She spent a year working at Harvard Law School, where she served as director of training for the Guatemala Project. She was responsible for training the Guatemalan trial judiciary, defense and prosecution bar in investigatory and trial techniques.
Legal career 
Milian worked as an assistant state attorney for the Dade County State Attorney's Office. She was appointed to the position by Janet Reno, who was then the state attorney for the county. In 1999, Florida governor Jeb Bush appointed Milian to the Miami Circuit Court, where she served in the Criminal Division. Prior to that, she spent five years in the Miami County Court in the Domestic Violence Court, Criminal and Civil divisions. In 2001, she replaced Jerry Sheindlin as judge of The People's Court, and became the first Hispanic judge on any television court show. Milian is listed as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Law at the University of Miami, teaching Litigation Skills.
Milian is married to Judge John Schlesinger, a former assistant United States attorney, who in 2004 was elected to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida. This is the same position that Milian held before retiring to The People's Court. They live in Coral Gables, Florida, with their three children: Cristina (born in 1996), Alexandra (born in 1998), and Sofia (born in 2001). She travels to Manhattan on a biweekly basis for three days of taping of The People's Court where she presides as a lively and understanding adjudicator.
Judge Milian lends her support to many community and philanthropic organizations. Milian is the spokesperson for the FBI's Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) campaign. She is a sought-after speaker well known for her dedication to the Hispanic community and a strong voice against domestic violence. Milian has served as emcee for a number of charitable causes, including the Latino Commission on AIDS, The Lighthouse for the Blind, The Miami-Dade County Teachers Awards, Hope for Vision, and the South Florida Children's Home Society.
She was an honorary host for National Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2003 annual celebration of the South Florida Inner-City Games. Milian was the honorary judge for Washington's 2002 Teachers Making A Difference campaign and is actively involved in supporting Southern Florida's Children's Cancer Center's Summer Camp, hosting "Camp Court" mock trials of camp counselors by the young campers. On September 20, 2006, she received the "Groundbreaking Latina of the Year" award from Catalina magazine and the National Association of Latina Leaders.
The People's Court 
Judge Marilyn Milian is the first Latina judge to host a nationally syndicated television court show, and in 2012 she returned for a 12th season of the show.
On the show, Judge Milian decides actual small-claims court cases. Participants (plaintiff and defendant) agree before the show begins to drop their small claims case and have it decided by arbitration through the show. The winner of the case is awarded from the show's budget, so the loser doesn't actually "pay back" the winner. The losing party is usually also compensated for their appearance.
Judge Milian is proud of her Cuban heritage and often uses phrases from her grandmother when addressing litigants. “No sabes ni adobar la mentira... You don't even know how to season the lie to make it palatable,” Milian admonishes a litigant who is trying to lie in her courtroom.
The highly successful court series takes viewers inside a television courtroom where Milian dispenses her own unique brand of justice daily. Judge Milian explains Americans' fascination with the court show genre: “We are a fast-food nation. People love to see resolution, they want to watch someone who has done wrong confronted and see justice prevail … all in an hour.”
Acting career 
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She appeared in the role of a judge on George Lopez in the episodes "George's Mom Faces Hard Tambien" and "George Testi-Lies for Benny" for the case of George's mom Benny being an accomplice to a robbery 30 years ago.
- 2007: George Lopez .... Judge Alvarez (2 episodes, 2007)
- 2002: As the World Turns .... Judge (3 episodes, 2002)
- 2001-2013: The Peoples Court ....as herself
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification, as it includes attribution to IMDb. (November 2007)|
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- "University of Miami - School of Law". Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "FBI — New Cyber Safety Website for Teachers, Students". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
- "Marilyn Milian Biography". Fordham University School of Law. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "The People's Court (TV Series)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
|Judge of The People's Court
March 12, 2001–present