JOYCE L. KENNARD
Present Position: Appointed to the California
Supreme Court in April 1989. May 1996 - present:
Chair of California Judicial Council's Appellate
Advisory Committee, appointed by the Chief
Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial
Positions: Associate Justice on the
state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles (Division
Five) from April 1988 to April 1989; judge
of the Los Angeles County Superior Court from
February 1987 to March 1988; Associate Justice
pro tempore on state Court of Appeal in Los
Angeles (Division Three) from September 1987
to November 1987; judge on Los Angeles County
Municipal Court from February 1986 to February
1987; senior attorney on state Court of Appeal
in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1986; Deputy Attorney
General in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1979.
Education: In 1974, graduated from
the University of Southern California's Gould
School of Law and at the same time received
a Master of Public Administration degree from
U.S.C.'s School of Public Administration. In
1971, received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum
laude degree in German from U.S.C., and in
1970 an Associate in Arts degree.
University of Southern California - Gould
School of Law (9/71 to 6/74):
of American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
University of Southern California - School
of Public Admin. (9/73 to 6/74):
the "Pfiffner Award for the Outstanding
Thesis of the Academic Year"
grade point average
University of Southern California (2/70 to
of academic scholarships
of Phi Beta Kappa
of Phi Kappa Phi (honor society for academic
two academic years in a year and a half while
working 20-hour week
Pasadena City College (9/68 to 2/70):
Extraordinary" in German
of Clara Bates Giddings Scholarship for excellence
of Alpha Mu Gamma (national honor society
for foreign languages)
of Alpha Mu Gamma scholarship
of the state scholarship society of Alpha
list each semester (completed 2 years of
college in 1-1/2 years while working 20-hour
Recognition: Chapter in a book, The
Counselors, conversations with 18 courageous
women who have changed the world, by Elizabeth
Vrato, published in March 2002; law review
article entitled Joyce L. Kennard: An Independent
Streak on California's Highest Court (65 Albany
Law Rev., p. 1181, July 2002).
* Judicial Council’s
award presented by Chief Justice Ronald M.
George, Chair of the Judicial Council, San
Francisco, October 9, 2004, “In recognition
of her dedicated service and in grateful appreciation
of her significant contributions to improving
the administration of justice through outstanding
leadership of the Appellate Rules Revision
Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from San
Joaquin College of Law, May 2004.
First Justice Rose Bird Memorial Award from
the California Women Lawyers, San Francisco,
recognition of her excellence as a jurist
and her commitment to elimination of discrimination
and judicial independence."
Legal Impact Award 2000 from the Asian Law
Alliance in San Jose, California, March 2000.
recognition of her partnership in the community
working for justice, dignity, and equality."
Award from the Asian Pacific American Legal
Center of Southern California, Los Angeles,
recognition of her leadership and firm dedication
as a jurist."
* Honorary degree of Doctor
of Laws from Northwestern School of Law of
Lewis & Clark College, May 1997.
Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Lincoln
Law School, May 1997.
Award from the San Francisco Women Lawyers
Alliance, February 1997.
recognition of her contribution to women
and women in the legal profession."
* The "1996 Spirit
of Excellence Award" from the American
Bar Association's Commission on Opportunities
for Minorities in the Profession, and accompanying
proclamation by the Governor of the State of
Maryland, February 1996.
recognize the contributions to the legal
profession of lawyers and Judges of color
who have actively paved the way to success
for other minority lawyers."
The St. Thomas More Medallion Award from
the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and
Loyola Law School, November 1995.
honor an individual who has made outstanding
moral, intellectual, and professional contributions
to the legal profession and society."
The Trailblazer Award from the National Asian
Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA),
recognize you as a trailblazer in Asian-American
achievements on a national level."
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Whittier
Law School, May 1994.
American Bar Association's Margaret Brent
Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, August
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."
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
your unique contributions to the law in our
society and your accomplishments as a leader
in the judicial system."
Attorney General Award from the Asian and
Pacific Islander Employee Advisory Committee
of the Attorney General's Office, May 1992.
outstanding scholarship and distinguished
* "Justice of the
Year 1991" Award from the California Trial
Lawyers Association, November 1991.
Recognition of Her Untiring Efforts and Enlightened
Approach Toward the Improvement of the Administration
Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Southwestern
University School of Law, May 1991.
Award from the Asian/Pacific Women's Network,
Los Angeles, March 1991.
outstanding accomplishment as a Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from California
Western School of Law, December 1990.
Award from the San Fernando Valley Bar, October
recognition of outstanding achievement and
contributions to the legal profession."
Ernestine Stahlhut Award from the Women Lawyers'
Association of Los Angeles, October l990.
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."
Honorary Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine
School of Law, May l989.
Community Service Awards:
Public Service Award from the Asian Pacific
American Bar Association, Los Angeles, December
your outstanding service to the API Community
Award from the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders
Together for Active Leadership (C.A.P.I.T.A.L.),
Sacramento, March 1997.
recognition of her outstanding achievement
in the Asian and Pacific Islander community."
award from the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento. "In
recognition of her personal and professional
accomplishments and her unfailing commitment
to the legal profession and the Asian Pacific
Award from the Marin Women's Hall of Fame,
and accompanying proclamations from U.S.
Senator Barbara Boxer; Congresswoman Lynn
Woolsey; Marin County Supervisors John B.
Kress, Harold C. Brown, Jr., Steve Kinsey,
Annette Rose, and Harry J. Moore; Assemblywoman
Kerry Mazzoni; and State Senator John Burton,
recognition of local women of achievement."
National Asian Pacific American Law Students
Association (NAPALSA) Founders Award, October
your outstanding service to the Asian Pacific
The 1994 Access Award from the L.A. County
Commission on Disabilities, October 1994.
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
First Annual Netherlands-American Heritage
Award from the Netherlands-American Arts
and Cultural Foundation, November 1992.
recognize the contributions made by people
of Dutch origin to the political, economical
and cultural growth of the United States."
* The 1992 "Chinese-American
Pioneers from Southern California in the Judiciary" Award
from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern
California, November 1992.
your professional achievements and leadership
in gaining milestones significant to our
community and its future generations."
* First Annual "Women
of the 90's" Award from Robinson's Department
Store, Los Angeles, October 1992.
acknowledge women, who, through their professional
and personal achievements, have made significant
contributions to our community and the issues
that face us in the 90's."
Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community
College League of California, November 1991.
in Life's Endeavors, the Value of California's
Award from the YWCA, Los Angeles, and accompanying
proclamation by Mayor Tom Bradley of Los
Angeles, May 1991.
distinguished leadership and exceptional
accomplishments which have been of great
benefit to the city of Los Angeles."
Award from the Governor's Hall of Fame for
People With Disabilities, November 1990.
uncommon achievements in chosen field of
endeavor and for extraordinary contributions
Independent Living Center of Southern California
Lifetime Achievement Award, October l990.
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."
Sacramento Women Amputees Group's Award for
Contributing to the Progress of Dignity and
Self-Esteem Among Amputees, March 1990.
University of Southern California Alumni
Merit Award, March l990.