Gloria Allred was born on July 3, 1941 as an only child in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. from New York University, and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. She was also awarded an honorary J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. Ms. Allred is a founding partner of the law firm Allred, Maroko & Goldberg (AM&G). The firm handles more women's rights cases than any other private firm in the United States. Ms. Allred also founded and is currently president of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund (WERLDEF). Allred, Maroko & Goldberg represents victims who have been discriminated against on account of their sex, race, age, physical handicap or sexual orientation. Her firm also represents victims of AIDS discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. AM&G is also well-known for its work on behalf of victims in sexual assault, rape, child sexual abuse and battered women cases. Gloria has won countless awards in her field, and is considered one of Los Angeles's most powerful and influential lawyers. She is also more commonly known for her nationally syndicated television show, "We The People with Judge Gloria Allred", and has been a celebrity lawyer for a multitude of high profile individuals and cases.