June/July 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Go Back in Time at the Virtual Museum

How did you do in your history classes? Were you an "A" student, or did you just get by? Whether you're a history buff or a reluctant scholar, have we got a history lesson for you.

Do you know that a former LACBA president served in the Clinton Administration? Do you know which president was one of the founders of the City of Orange? Do you know which president defended Sirhan Sirhan during the Robert F. Kennedy assassination trial?

LACBA has a rich history that goes back more than 130 years, and much of it is documented in print and video in the recently revamped Virtual Museum on the LACBA.org Web site. Spend some time there, and you’ll uncover interesting facts about LACBA and the legal community in Los Angeles.

Over the course of its existence, LACBA has had a most impressive list of noteworthy presidents, including 1974 president Warren Christopher, who was President Bill Clinton's Secretary of State; A. Andrew Glassell, the first LACBA president in 1878 who was one of the founders of the City of Orange, California; and Grant B. Cooper, LACBA president in 1960, who defended Sirhan Sirhan.

If you missed a news story about LACBA within the past couple of years, you'll find links to them in the Archives on the main page of the Virtual Museum. It’s a great way to catch up on important news stories that have affected the Association.

In addition, if you want to review LACBA's history through its first 125 years, there is a link to a video that will do just that.

There’s also a brief history lesson about the Los Angeles Courthouse clock and the Criminal Justice Hall of Fame, a listing of honored attorneys and judges who have made significant contributions to the criminal justice system, complete with biographies of those honored.

And you will find an extensive biography of Clara Shortridge Foltz, the first woman admitted to practice in California in September 1878. Three months later in December 1878, the Los Angeles County Bar Association was founded, and Foltz became an early member of the Association.

It’s time to brush up on your LACBA and Los Angeles legal history. Take a tour through the Virtual Museum, and you’ll definitely come away with an interesting fact or two.

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see on LACBA.org? Send feedback to webmaster@lacba.org or call David Dain at (213) 896-6401.


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