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Judge KA Gauff soars in three prominent positions in her community as a minister, a Judge and most recently, a book author. Judge KA Gauff published her first book, Courting with Chance (Reconciling Memoirs), on April 1, 2015 and its Spanish version entitled “Cortejando Oportunidades” (Conciliando Memorias) was published in September 2015.

From each perspective that Judge Gauff is given an opportunity to serve, she is uncharacteristically transparent in her style of openly sharing her childhood and adult struggles.

Judge Gauff is the youngest of seven siblings, however, she and her two sisters were placed in the care of her mother who battled mental illness, upon her parent’s divorce. Judge Gauff was fortunate to have survived neglect and sexual perversion while spending most of her childhood learning how to steal, survive and sue others until she received a miracle in her life, including the gift of foster care.

Judge Gauff is a graduate of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, the University of California at San Diego, and Whittier College School of Law. Judge Gauff is also a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves, where she served as a paralegal for the Judge Advocate General’s Office.

Upon becoming an attorney in 1991, Judge Gauff practiced as a criminal defense attorney and civil rights prosecutor before recruitment by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2000. While at DOJ, Judge Gauff was assigned to the Health, Education and Welfare Section for ten years before her appointment as a Judge in 2010 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Simultaneously, in service to her community, Judge Gauff has served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles, Inc. and mentored over one hundred college, law students and attorneys. She has also appeared before the United States Supreme Court to personally sponsor the admission of over thirty attorneys. Additionally, Judge Gauff founded the Legal Eagles Program, a free legal clinic at her church in 2007.

Judge Gauff is assigned to the Compton Courthouse presiding over misdemeanor and drug court matters. She also volunteers to judge Compton High School’s Teen Court Program and coordinates its six week Courthouse Exchange Program.

Finally, Judge Gauff is married to Will and is the proud mother of two sons: Shawn and Brandon (R.I.P).

Judge KA Gauff now travels the nation encouraging girls, boys, women and men to start the difficult conversations about the challenges presented to victims of sexual perversion, mental illness and domestic violence in order to shatter the shame that lurks in the inner-most parts of their hearts. Let the healing begin!