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Press Release-February 8, 2002,
Downtown Criminal Courts Building Rededicated


Michael T. Elliott      Miriam Aroni Krinsky  
telliott@lacba.org miriam.krinsky@usdoj.gov

Rededicated as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
Special Guest Speakers: Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor & Hon. Ronald M. George
The Downtown Criminal Courts Building will be rededicated as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.  A luncheon ceremony will be held at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel and a Rededication Ceremony will be held at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Friday, February 8, 2002.

Foltz was the first woman admitted to practice in California, the first woman admitted to Hastings College of Law, the first woman to serve as a deputy district attorney in L.A. County, and the first lawyer to advocate for the creation of a public defender system in each state. 

As a result of her work, Foltz is not only proudly celebrated by the L.A. District Attorney’s Office as the first female prosecutor in that office, she is also recognized by the L.A. Public Defender’s Office as the “Mother of the Defender Movement.”

Today, the Criminal Courts Building sits on the same site where Foltz once served as a prosecutor as well as where the County’s first public defender’s office was located.  On February 8, the Criminal Courts Building will be rededicated as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.  Special Guest speakers will be Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, and Hon. Ronald M. George, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California.

If press wishes to attend the luncheon or the rededication ceremony, the following specifications must be met: Written press will only be allowed at the luncheon itself, no film or photography crews; limited filming and photography will be allowed at the Court site only; press credentials must be shown/worn at all times; vehicle parking permitted only on the westside sidewalk of Spring St. in between Aliso St. and Temple St., in front of the Hall of Justice Building; no vehicle parking on the block of Temple St. in between Broadway and Spring St.; limited filming is permitted in any area except on the stage, no stage access allowed; the north-west corner of the stage only is designated for press staging/set-up.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., ending at 1:30 p.m.  The rededication ceremony will run from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of 25,000+ attorneys.  The County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice, and meeting the professional needs of the legal community.  For more information on LACBA, visit www.lacba.org