Audrey B. Collins, formerly the highest-ranking black lawyer in the Los Angeles district attorney's office, was confirmed as a federal judge by the Senate on Friday.
Collins, recommended to President Clinton by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), was one of 13 judges confirmed by voice vote. She will serve in the Central District, based in Los Angeles.
Collins joined the district attorney's office in 1978 and served on the Webster Commission, which investigated the Los Angeles Police Department's performance during the 1992 riots. She rose to the rank of assistant district attorney, becoming one of two top aides to Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti.