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Judge Kimberly Carlton Bonner (JD '90) earns Master of Judicial Studies

September 6, 2017 | By Kylie Larkin -- Pepperdine Law alumna, Honorable Kimberly Carlton Bonner (JD '90), is one of five judges who recently earned advanced degrees in judicial studies from the University of Nevada, Reno.  The judicial studies program is a cooperative venture of the  university, the National Judicial College, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Bonner serves on the 12th Circuit Court of Florida. She has been consistently rated one of the top judges in the 12th Judicial Circuit. Judge Bonner's master's thesis will be published as an article in the Journal of the West.

Via the National Judicial College:

Hon. Kimberly Carlton Bonner, 12th Circuit Court of Florida

Master's thesis: "A Historic Acquittal Re-Examined: Would the Earps and Doc Holliday Escape Indictment Under the Modern Grand Jury System?"

Bonner has served the 12th Circuit Court of Florida since 2012. She previously served the Sarasota County Court from 2002–13 and worked as a staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She started attending NJC courses in 2004 and entered the master's program in 2013. Bonner's thesis grew out of her affinity for history, the Old West, and the law. Her thesis examined the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881 and whether the lawmen involved in that shooting, the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, would avoid indictment if that event took place in modern times.

The complete NJC article may be found at www.judges.org