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Joyce Kennard



Name: Joyce Luther Kennard
Marital status: Married
Ethnic Background: Dutch/Indonesian/Chinese ancestry
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (formerly Dutch East Indies)
Date of Birth: May 6, 1941

At age 10, moved with widowed mother from Java to Dutch New Guinea (now Irian Jaya). Four years later, moved to Holland. In 196 1, immigrated alone to the United States. Became a naturalized citizen in 1967.

Present Position:
Associate Justice, California Supreme Court since April 1989.

Previous Positions:
From April 1988 to April 1989, Associate Justice, Division Five,
Second District, Court of Appeal, Los Angeles.

From February 1987 to March 1988, Superior Court Judge,
Los Angeles County.

From September 1987 to November 1987, Associate Justice Pro. Tem., State
Court of Appeal, Division Three, Los Angeles.
Colleges Attended:

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 1971 to 1974,
Juris Doctor.

University of Southern California, School of Public Administration,
1973 to 1974, Master of Public Administration.

University of Southern California, 1970 to 1971, BA Degree in German.

Pasadena City College, 1968 to 1970, AA Degree.

Academic Honors:

University of Southern California - Gould School of Law
(9/71 to 6/74):
Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award in Torts

University of Southern California - School of Public Admin. (9/73 to 6/74):
Recipient of the "Pfiffner Award for the Outstanding
Thesis of the Academic Year"
4.0 grade point average

University of Southern California (2/70 to 8/71):
Academic scholarships during entire attendance
Graduated magna cum laude, with a grade point average of 3.94 Elected member of Phi Beta Kappa
Elected member of Phi Kappa Phi, honor society for academic excellence (Finished two years of college in 1-1/2 years while working part-time at least 20 hours per week)

Pasadena City College (9/68 to 2/70):
"Honors Extraordinary" in German
Clara Bates Giddings Scholarship for excellence in German Elected member of Alpha Mu Gamma (national honorary society for foreign languages) I Recipient of Alpha Mu Gamma scholarship

Elected member of the state scholarship society of Alpha Gamma Sigma Dean's list each semester (finishing 2 years of college in I- 1/2 years while working part-time at least 20 hours per week)


Honorary Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law, May 1989.

University of Southern California Alumni Merit Award, March 1990.

Sacramento Women Amputees Group's Award for Contributing to the Progress of Dignity and Self-Esteem Among Amputees in March 1990.

Ernestine Stahthut Award from the Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles, October 1990.
"To honor a woman in the legal profession who has attained the respect admiration and affection of the bench and bar by her outstanding character, her dedication to service and her significant contributions to the cause of justice; a person who has challenged women in our profession to excel and who has been an encouragement to young women in our society to seek the law as a profession."

Independent Living Center of Southern California Lifetime Achievement Award, October 1990.
"For demonstrated ability to overcome barriers to full participation in family and community life and for leadership in protecting the quality of life by providing compassion and evenhanded administration of the law."

Award from the San Fernando Valley Bar, October 1990.
"In recognition of outstanding achievement and contributions to the legal profession. "

Award from the Governors Hall of Fame for People With Disabilities, November 1990.
"For uncommon achievements in chosen field of endeavor and for extraordinary contributions to society."

Award from the YWCA, Los Angeles, and accompanying proclamation by Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, May 1991 "For distinguished leadership and exceptional accomplishments which have been of great benefit to the city of Los Angeles."

Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Southwestern University School of Law, May 1991.

"Justice of the Year 1991 " Award from the California Trial Lawyers Association, November 1991.
"In Recognition of Her Untiring Efforts and Enlightened
Approach Toward the Improvement of the Administration of Justice. "

Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of California, November 1991.
"Exemplifying in Life's Endeavors, the Value of California's
Community Colleges."

Attorney General Award from the Asian and Pacific Islander Employee Advisory Committee of the Attorney General's Office, May 1992.
"For outstanding scholarship and distinguished judicial achievements."

Award from the ABA Task Force on Opportunities for Minorities 'in the Judicial Administration Division and Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession, August 1992.
"For your unique contributions to the law in our society and your accomplishments as a leader in the judicial system."

First Annual "Women of the 90's" Award from Robinson's De departrnent Store, October 1992.

First Annual Netherlands-American Heritage Award from the Netherlands-American A-Arts and Cultural Foundation, November 1992. "To recognize the contributions made by people of Dutch origin to the political, economical and cultural growth of the United States."

American Bar Associations Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, August 1993.
"To honor outstanding women lawyers throughout the country
who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty
and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers."

Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Whittier Law School, May 1994.

The 1994 Access Award from the L.A. County Commission on Disabilities, October 1994.
"To recognize your accomplishments and your service to the Commission. Your ongoing efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities and the example you set as a role model have earned you the respect and admiration of the entire community."

National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) Founders Award, October 1944
"For your outstanding service to the Asian Pacific American community. "

The Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), November 1994.
"To recognize you as a trailblazer in Asian-American achievements on a
a national level."

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