Hon. Armand Arabian

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Hon. Armand Arabian (Ret)

Career Positions

May 8, 1996 - Appointed Special Master A.K.A. Los Angeles Inc. vs. Eddie Bauer, Inc.

April 3, 1996 - Appointed Temporary Trustee of the Albert Einstein Correspondence Trust

March 1, 1996 - Private Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator

1990-1996 - Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
1983-1990 - Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three
1973-1983 - Superior Court Judge, LA County, CA (Supervising Judge, North Valley, San Fernando)
1972-1973 - Municipal Court Judge
1963-1972 - Private Practice, Van Nuys, California
1962-1963 - Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County, California


1970  L.L.M., University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
1961  J.D., Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
1956 B.A., Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Additional Education

April 1995, Research Conference on "Class Actions and Related Issues in Complex Litigation", Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

March 1995, Colloquium on Statutory Interpretation, Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

July 1994, Advanced Judges Seminar, Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

April 1993, Seminar on Medical Malpractice, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

July 1991, Senior Judges Seminar, Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

January 1990, Jurisprudence Seminar: Ideas in Justice California Continuing Judicial Studies, Oakland, California

July 1984, Intermediate Judges Seminar, Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University School of Law, New York, New York

July 1973, National Judicial College, General Jurisdiction Course, Reno, Nevada

June 1972, California Judges College, Berkeley, California


1996-present   Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law

1996   Pepperdine University School of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution: "Current Experiences"

1996   San Fernando Valley Bar Association Hawaiian Seminar, "ADR, The New Horizon"

1977-1978   Assistant Dean, Valley University School of Law

1975   Instructor in Trial Tactics, Med-Valley College of Law

Military Service

1956-1958   First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Infantry, Graduate of Airborne, Jumpmaster and Pathfinder Schools

Personal Data

Born:   December 12, 1934, New York, New York

Family:   Resides with his wife in the San Fernando Valley; has an attorney daughter; and a son who is a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura, California

Interests:   Enjoys swimming, reading and parachute jumps in foreign countries.


  • 1987-present   Board of Visitors, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 1982-1983   Member, Superior Court's Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, Criminal
  • 1980   Member, Attorney General George Deukmejian's Judicial Advisory Commission on Victims of Crime
  • 1980   Board of Directors, Holy Martyrs High School, Encino
  • 1978-present   Advisory Board, Boston University School of Law
  • 1977-present   Member, National Alumni Council of Boston University
  • 1970-present   International Footprint Association Founder, Chapter No. 28
  • 1977   Member, Attorney General Younger's Advisory Committee to Create a Standard, Sexual Assault Reporting Form
  • 1968-1969   District Governor, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 1965-1990   Member, San Fernando Valley Criminal Courts Bar Association


Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Alpha Delta

Honors and Awards

  • 1996  Outstanding Jurist of the Year, Malibu Bar Association
  • 1995  Man of the Year, Ararat Foundation
  • 1994  Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of West Los Angeles
  • 1993  First recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association for "Dispensing justice tempered with mercy."
  • 1992  Named Who's Who in America
  • 1990  Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 1990  Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Southwestern University School of law
  • 1987  Named Pappas Distinguished Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • 1987  Member, International Association of Airborne Veterans
  • 1986  Recipient of the Stanley M. Lintz Memorial Award presented by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association for "Outstanding Dedication to the Legal Profession and Community."
  • 1982  Plaque and gavel for "10 years of exemplary and dedicated judicial service," San Fernando Valley Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 1982  Certificate of Appreciation, Distinguished Service to Law Enforcement, Judiciary and People of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
  • 1982  Plaque of Appreciation for Ten Years of Dedicated Service to the Judicial System, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
  • 1982  Commendation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Outstanding Abilities and Accomplishments
  • 1982  Resolution from Mayor and Los Angeles City Council, Outstanding Example of Intelligence, Ability, Determination and Achievement
  • 1982  Commendation, Congresswoman Bobbi Fielder for Outstanding Service to the Community
  • 1982  Commendation, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, Outstanding Personal Achievement, Protecting Rights of Sexual Assault Victims
  • 1982  Recipient of first Award of Merit Given to a Male for Outstanding Achievement, Reform of Rape Laws and Protection of rape Victims
  • 1981  Recipient of the "Silver Shingle" Alumni Award for distinguished service in the legal profession, Boston University School of Law
  • 1980  Member of Board of Directors, Holy Martyrs High School, Encino
  • 1978  Recognition of Distinguished Service, California Sexual Assault Investigators Association
  • 1978  Recognition of Distinguished service to the Legal Profession, Boston University School
  • 1977  Named Who's Who in American Law
  • 1977  Award of Merit for Outstanding & Diligent Service to Legal Profession & Community, Certificate of Merit, San Fernando Valley
  • 1977  Member, National Alumni Council of Boston University
  • 1976  Plaque of Appreciation, Women's Caucus of Western State School of Law
  • 1973  Plaque for Outstanding Achievement in Jurisprudence, Women's Caucus of Western State School
  • 1972  Named Who's Who in the West
  • 1970  Named Personalities of the West and Midwest
  • 1969  Named Two Thousand Men of Achievement


June 1996  "Jettison 'Jenny'", Los Angeles Daily Journal

December 1995  "Condos, Cats and CC&R's: Invasion of the Castle Common", Vol. 23, Pepperdine Law Review,1

Winter 1994  "Informed Consent: From the Ambivalence of Arato to the Thunder of Thor" Vol. 10, Issues in Law & Medicine, No. 3

1985  "The Cautionary Instruction in Sex Cases: A Lingering Insult", 10 Southwestern Law Review, 585, 1985

November 1980  "Rape Reform and its Continuing Journey", Metropolitan News

June 1980  "The Day the Earth Shook", Los Angeles Times

June 1979  "An Ugly Growth is Sapping Justice System's Vitality", Los Angeles Times

April 1979  "Time to Remember the Other Holocaust", Los Angeles Times

December 1978  "Rape: The Second Trauma is Court", Los Angeles Times

November 1978  "The Sexual Assault Counsel -- Victim Privilege: Protection of a Confidential Communication", Los Angeles Daily Journal

September 1978  "Rapists find Judicial Odds Changing", Los Angeles Times

June 1978  "Artificial Rape Law Needed", Metropolitan News

February 1977  "Rape Centers Need Rights of Their Own", Los Angeles Times

1970  "The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Business Associations" Master of Law Thesis, University of Southern California School of Law

April 1961  Medico-Legal Photography, Student Lawyer Journal

Supreme Court

Justice Arabian authored 94 majority opinions, and 10 state bar cases, for a total of 104 majority opinions, 17 concurring opinions, 6 concurring and dissenting opinions, and 16 dissents at the Supreme Court. A few significant decisions:

1995  In re Carpenter, 9 Cal. 4th 634

1995  Macias v. State of California, 10 Cal. 4th 844

1994  Flatt (Gail F.) v. Superior Court of Sonoma County, Daniel (William), 9 Cal. 4th 275

1994  La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc. v. Industrial Indemnity Company, 9 Cal. 4th 27

1994  People v. Rayford (Jessie), 9 Cal. 4th 1

1994  General Dynamics Corporation v. Superior Court of San Bernardino County; Rose (Andrew D.), Real Party in Interest, 7 Cal. 4th 1164

1994 Mangini (Janet C.) v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 7 Cal. 4th 1057

1993 Thor (Daniel) v. Superior Court of Solano County; Andrews (Howard), Real Party in Interest, 5 Cal. 4th 725

1993 Arato (Miriam) v. Avedon (Melvin), 5 Cal. 4th 1172

1992 People v. Williams (Wash Jones), 4 Ca. 4th 354

1992 City of National City v. Wiener (Steven D.), 3 Cal. 4th 832

1992 People v. Escobar (Joaquin), 3 Cal. 4th 740

1992 Barclay's Bank International, Ltd. v. Franchise Tax Board; Barclay's Bank of California v. Franchise Tax Board, 2 Cal. 4th 708

1992  People v. Gammage, 2 Cal 4th 693

1992  Gantt (Vincent A.) v. Sentry Insurance, 1 Cal. 4th 1083

1991  Times Mirror Company v. Superior Court of Sacramento County; State, Real Parties in Interest, 53 Cal. 3d 1325

1990  Citizens of Goleta valley v. Board of Supervisors of County of Santa Barbara; Wallover Real Parties in Interest, 52 Cal. 3d 553

1990  Shoemaker v. Myers (Beverlee A.), 52 Cal. 3d 1

Court of Appeal

Author of 86 published majority opinions. A few significant decisions:

1985  Curtis (Ronald David v. County of Los Angeles), 172 Cal. App.3d 1243

1984  Botos (Bela) v. Los Angeles County Bar Association, 151 Cal.App.3d 1083

1984  Greene (Walter Jr.) v. Zank (Gloria), Allen (Mark C. Jr.), 158 Cal. App.3d 497

1984  Pines (David, Aronek (George) d/b/a/ Grecian Art Tiles and Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith v. Tomson (W.R.), Family of Faith Foundation, 160 Cal. App. 3d 370

Of Note: As a trial judge in People v. Rincon-Pineda, 14 Cal.3d 864 (1975), refused to instruct the jury that rape is a charge easily made and difficult to defend against as required by CALJIC 10.22; action upheld by California Supreme Court.

Any jurisdictions have since abolished such an instruction.

In 1980, created the sexual assault victim counselor privilege now embodied in Evidence Code section 1035-1036.2 and adopted by 18 other states.

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