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Her honor : my life on the bench ... what works, what's broken, and how to change it / LaDoris Hazzard Cordell.

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  • ISBN: 9781250269607
  • ISBN: 1250269601
  • Physical Description: xxvi, 309 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
"My life on the bench ... what works, what's broken, and how to change it"--Cover.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction. Bitten by the judge bug -- Trials and tribulations in juvenile court. Les enfants terribles: criminal cases ; Making a murderer: the felony murder rule -- Domesticity and its discontents. Family matters: marriage and divorce ; Where there's a will: court battles over the dearly departed ; Would you be mine?: adoptions ; The name game: name changes -- Juries and judges. Thank you for your service: jury duty ; Judges for sale: judicial elections ; Bad judges: judicial misconduct ; J'accuse!: judges under attack -- Hot-button Issues. Bacchus unbound: the drunk driving dilemma ; It's all in your head: mental health cases ; Parsing sentences: judicial discretion ; The art of the plea deal: the plea bargain dilemma -- Conclusion. The fix: ten suggestions for reform ; In my end is my beginning.
Summary, etc.:
Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Cordell takes you into her chambers where she haggles with prosecutors and defense attorneys and into the courtroom during jury selection and sentencing hearings. She uses real cases to highlight how judges make difficult decisions, all the while facing outside pressures from the media, law enforcement, lobbyists, and the friends and families of the people involved. Provided by publisher.
Author Notes

<b>Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell</b> is a legal commentator and police reform advocate, who is a frequent commentator on news outlets including NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she became the first African American woman jurist in Northern California, a position she held from 1982 to 2001. Prior to her time on the bench, she was the first lawyer to open a private practice in East Palo Alto, CA, a low-income community of color, and was an Assistant Dean of Stanford Law School where she implemented a highly successful minority admissions program. Following her retirement from the bench, she was a Vice Provost at Stanford University and, in 2010, was appointed the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose. Judge Cordell's public service record spans decades, during which time she has overseen commissions that investigated violence and mental health care in the jail system, as well as accounts of racism in the San Francisco police department. She has received numerous awards, including Silicon Valley NAACP’s William E.B. Dubois Award, the Iola Williams Public Service Award, the National Council of Negro Women’s Public Service Award, the Social Justice Award from Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, and the Rose Bird Memorial Award from the California Women Lawyers. Judge Cordell founded the African American Donor Task Force to increase black participation in the national bone marrow registry. She is the co-founder of the African American Composer Initiative and CA Parks for All. An artist and pianist, she resides in California with her partner and is the proud mother of two daughters.

Subject: Cordell, LaDoris H.
Criminal justice, Administration of > United States.
Judges > California > Biography.
Women judges > California > Biography.
African American women judges > California > Biography.
LAW / General.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
African American women judges.
Women judges.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.
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