A conversation with …
Judge LaDoris Cordell – CA Superior Court Justice, Ret.
Dan Mayfield – Criminal Defense Attorney
Paul George – Host & Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
(See below for guest biographies)
With a new Supreme Court session beginning soon, we take a fresh look at the central role the Supreme Court has taken in the country’s political — and policy — processes. It’s not a pretty picture. And then there’s that Brett Kavanaugh thing.
Recorded 9/19/2018 at Midpen Media Center, Palo Alto, CA http://midpenmedia.org/
LaDoris Cordell is a retired judge of the Superior Court of California and former Independent Police Auditor for the city of San Jose, where she advocated for improving transparency into charges of police misconduct. She was assistant dean at the Stanford Law School, where she helped develop a program to increase minority recruitment. Within a year, Stanford Law School went from last to first place in enrollment of African American and Hispanic students, among major law schools. She was the first female African American judge in Northern California and the first African American Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County. She has received numerous awards and prizes for social activism and breaking race and gender barriers, including the Rose Bird Memorial Award from the California Women Lawyers and the Rosa Parks Ordinary People Award from the NAACP.
Dan Mayfield was admitted to the practice of law in California in 1979. He began private practice in 1981 primarily in the area of criminal law. He is a former member of the Criminal Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He is a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the California Public Defenders Association. He is also a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He was recently named the 2017 Champion Of Justice by the San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He also received the Empowering Muslims award from CAIR in 2011 and the Defender of the Year award in 2013 from the Santa Clara County Defense Bar.