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Hon. Tam Nomoto Schumann
Orange County Superior Court, Retired

Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann was the first Asian-American woman on the Orange County bench and its second-longest sitting judge at the time of her retirement in 2013. After handling an extremely heavy caseload throughout her 30-year judicial career, she has gained a reputation as prompt, efficient and well-organized. Judge Schumann is known to be a good listener who excels at resolving civil matters of all kinds as well as Family Law and Probate disputes. Judge Schumann also enjoys acting as an Arbitrator in cases of any types.



Civil disputes, family law, probate, employment, business litigation, complex litigation, products liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, class actions, governmental entities.

Judge Schumann served on the Orange County Superior Court from 1997 to 2013. She spent the vast majority of her time on the bench assigned to a civil calendar in Central Justice Court in Santa Ana. She also handled Family Law and Probate. Judge Schumann was just 28 when she was appointed to the Municipal Court. After 18 years on that bench, she was elevated to the Superior Court. During her first few years at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, she disposed of more than 500 backlogged cases. She was so efficient that when she left that department, her calendar had to be divided among three judges.

Judge Schumann has handled a number of high profile cases ranging from the the Night Stalker to the legality of municipal layoffs of city employees.

She has been a lecturer on criminal procedure and constitutional law at the University of Irvine since 1987 and a CJER faculty member since 1985 on ethics and civil litigation. She has also taught Family Law and is currently teaching Community Property at the University of California Irvine Law School. She is a frequent speaker and author on probate and other legal issues. Judge Schumann has also served on the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council.



Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award (twice); Orange County Women Lawyer's Association Judge of the Year; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Municipal Judge of the Year.

Member: President, American Judges Association; Chair, Retired Judges Committee; California Judges Association; Family & Juvenile Advisory Committee; Chair, California Judges Association Discipline Committee; Chair, CJER Governing Committee; Chair, CJA Ethics Committee; Vice Chair, CJER Governing Committee; CJSP, Chair; Secretary, Ethics Committee; Vice Chair, Ethics Committee, Judicial Council; 1978 Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section, Probate Legislative Committee; Japanese American Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association.

Author: "Ask the Judge," column, Los Angeles Times, 1979; Orange County Conservatorship Manual distributed to all attorneys; numerous legal articles in the Orange County Bar Journal.


J.D., 1973, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

B.A., 1970, University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)

Judge Schumann is available throughout California.

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