I was surprised to read of the L.A. Department of County Counsel's accusation that Judge Amy Pellman is "endangering children" in her rulings in Dependency Court. My experience with Pellman was quite different.
I represented a wife in a divorce action that was before Pellman before she was transferred to Dependency Court. I had the opportunity to witness Pellman's rulings dozens of times. Though she did not always rule in my client's favor, she was always courteous, fair, knowledgeable and patient, particularly with parties who were not represented by counsel.
Was she tough? Often she was, but it was usually directed at parties and counsel who were not prepared or were less than candid with her.