Judge Marilyn Milian Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Education, Family, Marriage, Children, Career, Net worth, Salary, Social Media

Judge Marilyn Milian
Judge Marilyn Milian

Judge Marilyn Milian Biography

Judge Marilyn Milian is an American television personality, lecturer, and retired Florida Circuit Court Judge. She holds the role of presiding judge on the American courtroom television series The People’s Court. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic arbitrator to preside over a court show. Assuming the role during the fourth season of the current edition in 2001, Milian took over from Jerry Sheindlin. Over the years, she surpassed Joseph Wapner, the original presiding arbitrator, becoming the longest-serving judge in the show’s entire history during the 2012–2013 season.

She began her legal career as an assistant state attorney for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office by Janet Reno, who was the county’s state attorney at the time. After a decade of service, she transitioned to the Miami County Court, handling cases in the domestic violence, criminal, and civil divisions. In 1999, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to the Miami Circuit Court, where she served in the criminal division. Taking on the role of judge on The People’s Court in 2001, Milian not only replaced Jerry Sheindlin but also became the first Hispanic judge on any English-language television court show.

Beyond her judicial career, Judge Milian is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Law, where she imparts knowledge in litigation skills.

Marilyn Milian in People’s Court

Marilyn serves as the presiding judge in the second season of the courtroom show, The People’s Court. It is recognized as the first arbitration-based reality court show and holds the distinction of being the second-longest-running court show in history. Since 2001, she has been at the helm of The People’s Court, commencing her role in the show’s 17th season.

Having been part of The People’s Court for an extensive period, Marilyn holds the record as the longest-serving presiding arbitrator on the series. By the conclusion of the show’s 28th season, she had completed twelve and a half seasons, officially earning her the title of the longest-running judge on the program. This surpasses the previous record held by Joseph Wapner, the original judge of the show.

Describing the American fascination with court show genres, Marilyn notes, “We are a fast-food nation. People love to see resolution, they want to watch someone who has done wrong confronted and see justice prevail…all in an hour.”

In a 2017 Saturday Night Live parody of The People’s Court, Marilyn was portrayed by Cecily Strong, presides over a case involving President Donald Trump and three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, in 2019, Marilyn made an appearance on the daytime version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, winning $5,000 for Camp Fiesta, a Florida summer camp that provides free services for children with cancer.

Judge Marilyn Milian’s Age

Marilyn was born on May 1, 1961, in Manhattan, New York City, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on May 1st annually.

Judge Marilyn Milian
Judge Marilyn Milian

Educational background

At the age of eight, Marilyn’s family moved to Miami, where she pursued her education. She eventually graduated from St. Brendan High School. She continued her academic journey at the University of Miami, obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Subsequently, Marilyn enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned her J.D.

Her professional experiences include a significant role at Harvard Law School. She served as the director of training for the Guatemala Project for a year. In this capacity, Marilyn was responsible for providing training in investigatory and trial techniques to the Guatemalan trial judiciary, defense, and prosecution bar.

Judge Marilyn Milian Family

Marilyn is the daughter of Jorge and Georgian Milian.  Both of Cuban descent, with her father working as a general contractor. While born in Manhattan, her family moved from Astoria, Queens, to Miami when she was eight years old. Marilyn’s first language is Spanish, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Judge Marilyn Milian Husband

Marilyn married John Schlesinger since 1993. John is a former assistant United States attorney. He was elected to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County, Florida, in 2004. The position was previously held by Judge Milian before she retired to The People’s Court. The couple resides in Coral Gables, Florida, with their three children.

Judge Marilyn Milian Children

Milian is the mother of three children: Cristina Schlesinger (born in 1996), Alexandra Schlesinger (born in 1998), and Sofia Elena Schlesinger (born in 2001).

Marilyn Milian Height

Milian stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.6 m) and weighs 117 lb (53 kg).

Judge Marilyn Milian’s Net Worth

Milian has a net worth of approximately $30 million.

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