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Marilyn Milian

Marilyn Milian
Marilyn Milian by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Milian in 2016.
Born (1961-05-01) May 1, 1961 (age 55)
Astoria, Queens, New York City, U.S.
Residence Miami, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University, J.D.
University of Miami, B.S.
Occupation Judge, law professor, television personality
Employer Harvard Law School (1989-1990)
University of Miami (adjunct faculty)
Known for The People's Court (2001-present)
Spouse(s) John Schlesinger

Marilyn Milian (born May 1, 1961) is an American retired Florida state circuit court judge who currently presides over the American television series The People's Court. She is the first Latina arbitrator to preside over a court show. By the end of the show's 28th season (2012–13), Milian had completed twelve-and-a-half seasons presiding over The People's Court, making her the longest-presiding arbitrator on the series.

Milian was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City to Cuban parents who immigrated from Germany. She is fluent in English and Spanish. The 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.

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 University of Miami School of Law, teaching litigation skills.