Judge Peggy Fulton Hora retired from the California Superior Court after serving 21 years and is now President of the Justice Speakers Institute (JSI). She had a criminal assignment that included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court. She is a former dean of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California and has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College for over 20 years. Judge Hora was a Senior Judicial Fellow for both the National Drug Court Institute and the Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts.
Judge Hora (Ret.) is a global leader in the solution-focused courts movement and has written comprehensively on justice issues. The appellate court and almost 200 journals and law reviews have cited her work. She was a 2009-2010 Thinker in Residence appointed by the Premier of South Australia to study and make recommendations on the Australian justice system. Her latest article is a chapter on drug courts in the 5th Edition of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine in 2014. She blogs and creates podcasts regularly for JSI. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania School of Law.
Her international work includes speaking at conferences worldwide and hands-on training on drug courts in Israel, the United Kingdom, Argentina, France, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
She is a recipient of the Bernard S. Jefferson Judicial Education Award from the California Judges’ Association and winner of the Rose Bird Award from California Women Lawyers. She was honored as Woman of the Year by the California legislature.