San Francisco: A Conversation with Two Legal Trailblazers

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Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The San Francisco Law Chapter invites SLS alumni and guests to a very special evening in conversation with friends and former colleagues Professor Barbara Babcock and The Honorable Thelton Henderson.

There is no fee to attend this event, and guests are welcome. Drinks and appetizers will be served in advance of the program. Space is limited, so please register early. Registration closes on Monday, April 27.

Stanford Law School thanks Morrison & Foerster for graciously hosting.

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About the Speakers

Professor Barbara A. Babcock
Professor Barbara Babcock is the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, at Stanford Law School. The first woman appointed to the regular faculty, as well as the first to hold an endowed chair and the first emerita at Stanford Law School, Barbara Babcock has taught and written in both the fields of civil and criminal procedure for many years. She has also pioneered the study of women in the legal profession. Most notably, Babcock is the author of Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, a biography of the first woman lawyer in the west, and the founder of the public defender movement.

Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1972, Babcock served as the first director of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. On leave from Stanford, she was assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Carter administration. Upon her graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Henry Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and worked for the noted criminal defense attorney, Edward Bennett Williams. Professor Babcock is a distinguished teacher, being a four-time winner of the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford Law School. She is also a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. 

The Honorable Thelton Henderson
The Honorable Thelton E. Henderson graduated from Jefferson High School in Los Angeles and was the recipient of a football scholarship to attend the University of California at Berkeley. In 1956, Henderson graduated with his B.A. degree in political science. Later, in 1962, Henderson earned his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. After earning his law degree, he was hired as an attorney with the civil rights division of the United States Department of Justice. During his tenure with the Justice Department, Henderson investigated patterns of discriminatory practices in the South. Returning to Northern California, he practiced general law in private practice and was the directing attorney of the East Bayshore Neighborhood Legal Center in Palo Alto. From 1968 to 1976, Henderson was the assistant dean of Stanford Law School, where he taught law classes and helped increase minority enrollment to twenty percent of the student body. 

In 1977, Henderson became a founding partner of Rosen, Remcho and Henderson in San Francisco, where he remained until 1980. He also taught administrative law and civil procedure at Golden State University of Law in San Francisco. In 1980, Henderson was appointed to the United States Federal Court and became the Chief Judge of the United States District of Northern California in 1990, thus becoming the first African American to reach that position. In 1998, he became Senior U.S. District Judge. Henderson was the recipient of the 2003 American Inns of Court Circuit Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit in recognition of a senior practicing lawyer or judge whose life and practice serves as an example for others.

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