The legal reality show You the Jury features real lawyers defending real clients in front of a real (retired) judge, LaDoris Cordell, formerly of the Superior Court of California. Like other reality TV (The Voice, Dancing With The Stars), viewers at home get to vote — this time on real verdict. While the host of the show, former judge Jeanine Pirro, is a known Republican (close with President Trump), Judge Cordell is a known Democrat (see photo below).
After graduating from Antioch College (1971) and Stanford Law School (1974), LaDoris Cordell served as the Earl Warren Intern at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She worked in private practice for six years and was Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at her alma mater, Stanford Law School, before California governor Jerry Brown appointed her a municipal court judge for the County of Santa Clara. Six years later, she was elected to become a superior court judge for the County of Santa Clara. After retirement, Cordell’s partner of 31 years, Florence Keller, encouraged her to audition for You the Jury. Cordell admits, “People hate jury duty, that’s why I like this show.” You the Jury airs Fridays at 9pm on FOX.
— LaDoris Cordell (@judgecordell) November 25, 2016