Karen Levey Receives the Arnie Wilkerson Memorial Court Service Award

Karen Levey has been with the Ninth Circuit for over three decades and has proven herself, time and time again, to be an invaluable public servant. She was essential in organizing the media frenzy surrounding the Casey Anthony trial, brought service dogs to the courthouse, and was instrumental in the court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes as no surprise that Karen’s commitment to the courts and her dedicated work ethic, earned her a nomination for the George C. Young Inn of Court’s 2021 Arnie Wilkerson Memorial Court Service Award. And it is equally as unsurprising to learn that the Inn named Karen as the 2021 recipient of this honor.

The Arnie Wilkerson Memorial Court Service Award honors court staff who truly devote their time to public service and show a remarkable commitment to the court. Karen exemplifies both. Judge Bob LeBlanc has seen Karen’s extraordinary work ethic firsthand, therefore it was only fitting he nominated her for the award.

Originally hired to manage jury for the Orange County Courthouse, Karen quickly became an irreplaceable member of the Ninth Circuit. A vital member of court administration, she currently serves as Chief Deputy Court Administrator, supervising nearly a hundred people on a daily basis and overseeing the work of our due process departments as well as our communications team. Her innate ability to build trust and confidence coupled with her well-honed problem solving and strategizing skills have been instrumental in the successful functioning of the Circuit.

Congratulations Karen! And thank you for your 31 years of dedicated service.