We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Honorable Desirée A. Bruce-Lyle to the Law Library Board of Trustees. Judge Bruce-Lyle replaces the Hon. David Berry, who received the Outstanding Service Award for his dedication to the law library.
Judge Bruce-Lyle was born in Ghana, where her father served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, as well as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Zambia. Judge Bruce-Lyle attended the University of Zambia where she received a Bachelor of Laws before attending University of California Berkeley School of Law for her Master of Laws degree.
Her career started in the San Diego Office of County Counsel as deputy county counsel. Ten years later she joined the Office of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, where she served as a workers’ compensation referee before becoming a workers’ compensation administrative law judge.
Gov. Gray Davis appointed Judge Bruce-Lyle to the San Diego Superior Court in April 2001. Her assignments have included Criminal Court, Drug Court, Juvenile Delinquency, Prop 36 Court, Superior Court Appellate Panel, AB 109 Post Judgment Courts, and Veterans Treatment Court. After joining the San Diego Superior Court, Judge Bruce-Lyle was instrumental in implementing Reentry Court, AB 109 Post Judgment Courts, and Veteran’s Treatment Court. Her judicial leadership has been vital to managing San Diego’s AB 109 population.
Judge Bruce-Lyle has been given the added responsibility as Assistant Supervising Criminal Judge and Chair for the San Diego Superior Court Collaborative Courts Committee. Her pioneering efforts in collaborative courts and with the AB 109 population have earned her statewide and international attention. Judge. Bruce-Lyle was awarded the Witkin Award for Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law at the San Diego Law Library Foundation’s Witkin Dinner in 2018.
Our newest judicial trustee began her service at the January 2020 meeting. She will be serving along with Judge Gill and Judge Kelety, who are continuing their terms. We thank them all for their great service to the Law Library and to the people of our county.