Northwest African American Museum “Her Honor” Book Talk (Virtual)
Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Her Honor is an entertaining and provocative look into the hearts and minds of judges. Cordell takes you into her chambers where she haggles with prosecutors and defense attorneys and into the courtroom during jury selection and sentencing hearings. She uses real cases to highlight how judges make difficult decisions, all the while facing outside pressures from the media, law enforcement, lobbyists, and the friends and families of the people involved. Judge Cordell’s candid account of her years on the bench shines light on all areas of the legal system.
Free for NAAM guests by using the code 1012NAAM. Please register ahead of time.