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Civil Rights Legacy of Justice Cruz Reynoso

Thursday October 21, 2021

King Hall, Room 1001
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Born into a farmworker family, Cruz Reynoso spent a lifetime fighting the prejudices he first encountered during his childhood in Southern California. He spent five decades working in public service, advocating for workers, immigrants and the indigent before becoming the first Latino member of the California Supreme Court in 1982, and the recipient, in 2000, of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. Notable civil rights lawyers who worked alongside Justice Reynoso will remember and honor his legacy as a civil rights icon and discuss the continuation of much of the important racial justice work that Cruz Reynoso deeply cared about.
Click here to view a short bio written by Dean Kevin Johnson in a California history journal.
For further information click here to view an interview with Cruz Reynoso.


Welcome and introduction by UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson. Moderated by UC Davis Law Professor Raquel Aldana.


  • José Padilla, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Amagda Pérez, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Thomas Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Reception immediately following.



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** In-person event is only open to UC Davis Law students, faculty, staff, and invited guests from the public. COVID-19 Daily Symptom Survey and face covering will be required to attend. More about events guidelines. If you plan to attend in-person as an outside guest, you will be required to show proof of a negative test or show your vaccination card. Acceptable formats include the original paper card, a photo of the original paper card, or a digital record of vaccination.


Co-sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

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