Hon. Tam Schumann


Judge, Superior Court of Orange County, California (Ret.)


Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann was the first Asian-American woman on the Orange County bench and its second-longest sitting judge at the time of her retirement in 2013.

Judge Schumann served on the Orange County Superior Court from 1997 to 2013. She spent the vast majority of her time on the bench assigned to a civil calendar in Central Justice Court in Santa Ana. She also handled Family Law and Probate. After 18 years on that bench, she was elevated to the Superior Court. During her first few years at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, she disposed of more than 500 backlogged cases.

Judge Schumann has handled a number of high-profile cases ranging from the Night Stalker to the legality of municipal layoffs of city employees. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Judge Schumann is currently sitting on assignment in San Bernardino and Riverside Superior Courts on Family Law, Civil and Criminal calendars. She is the incoming Secretary Treasurer of the California Judges Association; past Chair of the California Judges' Ethics Committee, current Chair of the National Women Judges' Association's Ethics Committee; and Vice Chair of the Orange County  Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission.


Current Courses:

Community Property

Prior Courses:

Community Property, Family Law