Kathryn Doi Todd

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Kathryn Doi Todd (born January 14, 1942) is a retired Associate Justice of the California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Two, having been appointed to the post by Governor Gray Davis in 2000.[1][2]


Born Kathryn Doi in Los Angeles, California, and is of Japanese descent. She was interned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center[3] as an infant after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.[1] After receiving her diploma from Los Angeles High School in 1959, she was given an A.B. in history from Stanford University in 1963 and a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1970.[1] From 1971–1978, Todd was an attorney in Little Tokyo.[1] She was a founder member of the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA).[4]

In 1978, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the Los Angeles County Municipal Court, making her the first female Asian American judge in the United States.[1] In 1981, Brown elevated Todd to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a position she would hold until 2000 when Brown's former chief of staff, Governor Gray Davis, appointed her to the California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Two.[1] Doi retired in January 2013.[5] In 2014 she received the Margaret Brent Award.[6]

While she was on the Superior Court, Kathryn Doi Todd divorced her husband, sculptor Michael Todd, with whom she has one daughter, Mia, who is a singer and songwriter.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Division Two: Justice Kathryn Doi Todd". Judicial Council of California. 
  2. ^ "Kathryn Doi Todd Retires From Court of Appeal". www.metnews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  3. ^ "National Archives: Kathryn Doi". Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  4. ^ Lan, Lawrence (July 24, 2012). "Justice Kathryn Doi Todd: Redefining Possibilities". Discover Nikkei. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Justice Todd Retires From Second District Court of Appeal". www.courts.ca.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Doi Todd Receives Margaret Brent Award". www.rafu.com. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  7. ^ Steve Hochman (September 1, 2002). "In a Foreign Land". Los Angeles Times. 

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Preceded by
John Zebrowski
Associate Justice of the
California Court of Appeal
Second District, Division Two

August 18, 2000–present