Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Justice Corrigan of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement January 25, 2008
Justice Corrigan of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement

The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker at Southwestern's 93rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 18. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the law school at the event. With a long and distinguished career in law, including over 30 years in public service and 20 years on the bench, Justice Corrigan was confirmed to the Supreme Court in January 2006.

"In filling this vacancy, I looked for someone with strong experience and unimpeachable character...someone who is widely respected. I found all of that and more in Justice Corrigan. She is a brilliant jurist and has always been a strong advocate for victims' rights," Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement announcing her appointment to the court.

Among her numerous notable activities, Justice Corrigan has served on the California Judicial Council and chaired the Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions. She has also served on the Commission on the Future of California's Courts; the Center for Judicial Education and Research, Governing Board; and the President's Commission on Organized Crime, and as a Special Consultant to the President's Task Force on Victims of Violent Crime. Her other current activities include serving on the Board of Directors for Holy Names College, which she chaired from 1990 to 2005 and Saint Vincent's Day Home, which she has chaired since 1991.

After earning her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1970 from Holy Names University, where she served as Student Body President and received the Founder's Medal, Justice Corrigan earned her J.D. degree in 1975 from Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Law Journal Note and Comment Editor. She began her career in public service that same year as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County and 10 years later was named Senior Deputy District Attorney. She served as a Judge for the Oakland, Emeryville Piedmont Judicial District from 1987 to 1991, then moved to the Alameda County Superior Court. Beginning in 1994, she spent 12 years as an Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District leading up to her appointment to the state Supreme Court in 2006.

An accomplished legal scholar, Justice Corrigan has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at several schools, including U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; U.C. Hastings College of the Law; University of San Francisco School of Law; and University of Puget Sound School of Law. She has been a faculty member of the California Judicial College since 1988, the Continuing Judicial Studies Programs since 1989, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1981. She has earned numerous awards and honors including the 2004 Saint Thomas Moore Award, 2003 California Judicial Council Jurist of the Year, 1997 National Institute of Trial Advocacy Robert E. Keeton Distinguished Faculty Award, 1994 Saint Vincent's Day Home Children's Choice Award and the 1993 Alameda/Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association Judge's Recognition Award.