Who is Marilyn Milian?
Judge Marilyn Milian is an American television personality, lecturer, and retired Florida Circuit Court judge. She was born in Manhattan, New York City, US, and now lives in Coral Gables, Florida. Since March 12, 2001, she has presided over the American courtroom television series The People’s Court. Judge Milian presides over the hour-long, five-day-a-week court show that launched the entire court show genre ‘The People’s Court’. She is also the first Latina arbitrator to preside over a court show and the longest-presiding arbitrator on ‘The People’s Court’
Marilyn Milian Career
Judge Milian began her career at Harvard Law School where she served as director of training for the Guatemala Project. In her tenure, her roles included training the Guatemalan trial judiciary, defense, and prosecution bar in investigatory and trial techniques.
She was then appointed by Janet Rono, then state attorney for the county, as an assistant state attorney for Dade County. She served five years in the Miami County Court in the Domestic Violence Court, Criminal, and Civil divisions. Judge Milian was then appointed by Jeb Bush who was the then Florida governor, to the Miami Circuit Court. She served there in the Criminal Division in 1999.
During her time at Harvard, she worked as the director of training for the Guatemalan project. This role involved her training in Guatemalan judges and lawyers.
Milian lends her support to many community and philanthropic organizations. She is also the spokesperson for the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS)campaign. Judge Milian is a sought-after speaker, well known for her dedication to the Hispanic community and her strong voice against domestic violence.
She has also served as emcee for a number of charitable causes, including the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami-Dade County Teachers Awards, Hope for Vision, and the South Florida Children’s Home Society.
How Old Is Judge Marilyn Milian?
Judge Milian is 61 years old as of February 2023, having been born on May 1, 1961, in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. Marilyn shares her birthdate with famous celebrities such as; Charli D’Amelio, Gianna Bryant, InquisitorMaster, YNW Melly, Lizzy Greene, and many more.
Marilyn Milian Family
Who are Marilyn Milian’s parents?
Judge Milian was born to Cuban parents Jorge Milian (Father) and Georgina Milian (Mother). Her father Jorge was a general contractor. Her family shifted from Astoria, Queens to Miami when she was only eight years old.
Does Marilyn Milian have siblings?
A Facebook post made by The People’s Court shows that he has a brother by the name of Jorge and a sister by the name of Sonia. The post shows him together with his sister and brother enjoying turkey.
Judge Marilyn Milian’s Education
Judge Milian received her high school education at St. Brendan High School. She later joined the University of Miami for her college education where she took an undergraduate degree in psychology graduating summa cum laude, with a 4.0 grade point average in 1981. Marilyn later attended law school at Georgetown University, graduating from there with distinction in 1984. Milian was only 23 years old when she graduated from law school.
Further, she pursued her studies in law and became a scholar at the Harvard Law School from 1989 until 1990.
Judge Marilyn Milian’s Husband
Marilyn has been married to the love of her life John Schlesinger since 1993. John Schlesinger serves as a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division, in Florida. He graduated with a B.A. from Boston College in 1982 and received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1987. He is a former United States attorney.
Marilyn Milian Children
Milian has three daughters with her husband. Their first daughter Cristina Schlesinger was born in 1996, Alexandra Schlesinger was born in 1998 and Sofia Elena Schlesinger was born in 2001.
Marilyn Milian The People’s Court
In 2001 Milian joined The People’s Court as a judge, replacing Jerry Sheindlin. She became the first Latina arbitrator to preside over a court show. The show is the first arbitration-based reality court show and the second-longest-running court show in history.
Looking at The People’s Court’s previous arbiters, she is considerably more animated in her role. She is assertively loud and clear, Milan also motions and gesticulates wildly in interaction. Judge Milian also regularly even departs from the bench to interact with and excoriate the litigants. She is also known for being levelheaded and logical in her observations and also handling her cases. Although she is engaging, for the most part, she also dishes out a good-natured, lively sass at the litigants. She does not tolerate any disrespect from them too.
The People’s Court Career
Marilyn informally speaks with her audience and also answers their various questions outside of the tapings of The People’s Court. She often quotes phrases from her grandmother from her Cuban heritage when addressing litigants. In admonishing a litigant who tried lying before her, Milian once stated, “No sabes ni adobar la mentira… You don’t even know how to season the lie to make it palatable.”
During the show, She decides actual small-claims court cases. The plaintiff and defendant agree before the show begins to drop their case. They have it decided by arbitration through the show. Winners of the cases are awarded from the show’s budget, so the losers do not actually “pay back” the winners. Losing parties are usually also compensated for their appearances.
She was portrayed by Cecily Strong in a 2017 Saturday Night Live parody of The People’s Court. She presided over a case between President Donald Trump and the three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The show has been presented by Harvey Levin since 1997.
Judge Marilyn Milian’s Salary
For her role as host of The People’s Court, Judge Milian initially earned t $500 thousand per year in her first year. It was then raised to $1 million. After the show recorded a tremendous increase in ratings after Milian hosted the show for four years, Judge Milian got her salary increased to $5 million. It was later increased to $8 million annually as of 2018.
Judge Marilyn Milian’s Net Worth
Judge Milian has earned greatly through her television and law work. She has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Judge Marilyn Milian Height
Adding to her well-curved and beautiful body is a height of 5 feet 3 inches.