Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?"

That's the title of a blog post from the L.A. Public Library here.
Some excerpts:

Now largely forgotten, Clara Shortridge Foltz was a woman of renown in her time, famed as a lawyer, lecturer, suffragette, and reformer.  She was the first woman to practice law in California [Bar No. 2596, admitted Dec. 1879], the first woman admitted to Hastings College of Law, the first female deputy district attorney in the country, and the creator of the public defender system.
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With Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in attendance, the Criminal Courts Building was officially renamed the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on February 8, 2002.  The nondescript (some might call it ugly) concrete, steel, and glass building that bears her name has been the site of some of Los Angeles’ most infamous trials, including the O.J. Simpson, Night Stalker, “Twilight Zone,” [see the Justice Boren profile below, which notes "On the Los Angeles County Superior Court, he presided over the "Twilight Zone" movie-making homicide case, in which he allowed a pool TV camera and imposed a partial gag order limiting attorneys to talking only about evidence presented to the jury."] McMartin Pre-School, and Heidi Fleiss trials.

And speaking of people with LA eponymous courthouses, who the heck was Edward Roybal?