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- October 22, 2021

Her life on the bench

Retired Palo Alto Judge LaDoris Cordell reflects on a her legal career and the court system

by Michael Berry

Across her long and notable career, retired Palo Alto Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell has been known for many firsts: She was the first lawyer to open a private practice in East Palo Alto. She was the first California judge to require convicted drunk drivers to install breathalyzers in their vehicles. She was the first Black woman to sit on the Superior Court bench in Northern California.

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Downtown North

on Oct 21, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


Posted by Rose
a resident of Mayfield
on Oct 21, 2021 at 6:18 pm

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This sounds like a fascinating book and a great opportunity for insights into our justice system, as well as LaDoris's life story. I'm glad your friend talked you into writing it.


Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 4:32 pm

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Thanks to Judge Cordell for being the first California judge to require convicted drunk drivers to install breathalyzers in their vehicle!!! I can't wait to read her book!!! : )


Posted by Jamie
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 25, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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What a shining light in our community she is! Can't wait to read this book.


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