Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Thursday, March 23, 2006


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Justice Earl Johnson to Receive Beacon of Justice Award


By a MetNews Staff Writer


By a MetNews Staff Writer

Court of Appeal Justice Earl Johnson Jr. will be honored by the Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library with the Beacon of Justice Award tonight at the Mildred L. Lillie Building.

Johnson, of this district’s Div. Seven, will be recognized for his distinguished record as a Court of Appeal justice over the past 24 years.

San Francisco attorney James Brosnahan will be the keynote speaker and John Van de Kamp, immediate past State Bar president and former state attorney general, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Court of Appeal Justice Laurie D. Zelon will present the award.

Johnson was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1982. His legal career over four decades has ranged from heading the country’s Legal Services Program in the 1960s to chairing the Judicial Council of California’s Commission on Access to Justice in 2002. He has written more than 600 published and nearly 3,000 unpublished opinions, and has co-authored 17 books, including “Justice and Reform and Toward Equal Justice.”

Previous winners of the Beacon of Justice Award include Presiding Justice Mildred L. Lillie of Div. Seven, since deceased, and Div. Four Presiding Justice Norman L. Epstein.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Los Angeles County Law Library is located at 301 West First Street.

Complimentary parking is available in Lot 10.


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