Halim Dhanidina, the first Muslim-American to be appointed to the Superior Court in California and a Pomona College graduate (1994), has been selected as the featured speaker for the Claremont University Consortium's Interfaith Baccalaureate Service. The service will be held on Friday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Garrison Theater (231 E. Tenth St., Claremont) at Scripps College.
The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service at The Claremont Colleges is the opening ceremony for graduation weekend and the one event that brings together students, faculty, staff, friends and family members from all seven of The Claremont Colleges. In addition to the address from Dhanidina, students representing diverse faith traditions and backgrounds will offer personal reflections both through spoken word and music. The event is organized by the Chaplains of The Claremont Colleges.
Judge Dhanidina is currently assigned to hear criminal cases in the Long Beach Superior Court. Prior to beginning his current position in May 2012, he served as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney for 14 years, prosecuting cases for the elite Hardcore Gang and Major Crimes Divisions before serving in the District Attorney's Special Operations Administration.
Judge Dhanidina has served as a board member for the South Asian Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where he developed and implemented programs designed to provide services to traditionally underserved communities. He has been recognized for his work on behalf of crime victims by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and is a recipient of the South Asian Network's Public Service Award.
As an adjunct professor of law at Whittier Law School, Judge Dhanidina teaches Criminal Trial Advocacy. He previously taught Criminal Law as an adjunct professor at Glendale University College of Law from 2010-2012. He is also a member of the advisory board of the youth organization, Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change.
Judge Dhanidina earned a B.A. degree in International Relations from Pomona, where he received the Senior Service Award, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1997. The UCLA Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association recently named Judge Dhanidina Alumnus of the Year.