Judge Deborah Chuang Servino received her B.A. cum laude and on the dean’s list with distinction from Duke University in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 where she was articles editor on the Asian Law Journal. After passing the California bar in 1995, she clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Melvin Brunetti until going into private practice at Rutan and Tucker in 1996. In 1997, she became a deputy attorney general and remained in that role until being appointed to the bench in 2009 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She has also been a member of the Executive Committee, Judicial Extern Committee, Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee, and Arbitration and Mediation Administration Committee for the Orange County Superior Court, the Judicial Council of California Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, the Judicial Advisory Council to the Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Orange County Chapter, the National Asian Pacific American Judicial Council, the California Asian-Pacific American Judges Association, the California Judges Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Juvenile Law Curriculum Committee for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, a judicial advisor to the Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, and the State Bar Standing Committee on Appellate Courts.
2007 Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment – California Attorney General
2013-2014 President’s Award – The Warren J. Ferguson Inn of Court
2018 George Francis Civility Award – The American Board of Trial Advocates, Orange County Chapter