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Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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Memorial Tribute to Vaino Spencer Set for Dec. 3


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A memorial tribute to retired Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Vaino Spencer, the first African American appointed to the bench in California, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 10:30 a.m., at Southwestern Law School.

Spencer, who received her law degree from Southwestern in 1952, was active alumni affairs.

She died Sept. 25.

For 46 years, Spencer served as judge, the last 27 years—from 1980-2007—as the head of Div. One in this district’s Court of Appeal.

Presiding over the Dec. 3 event will be retired Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Candace Cooper. Speakers will include Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Titus; a former judge of that court, Veronica Macbeth; Southwestern’s dean, Susan Westerberg Prager; attorneys Cynthia Cannady and Shirley A. Henderson; and Spencer’s secretary at the Court of Appeal, Shirlet Hope.

Southwestern is located at 3050 Wilshire Blvd., east of Vermont Avenue.


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