Thursday, November 12, 2015


Leondra Kruger ’01, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Delivered the 2015 Bernard Witkin Lecture

California (November 12, 2015) - The 2015 Bernard Witkin Lecture was presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association on November 12, 2015. This year’s Witkin Lecture, co-sponsored by the Witkin Foundation and the Litigation Section, was delivered by California Supreme Court Justice Leondra R. Kruger ’01. A native of the Los Angeles area, Justice Kruger attended high school in Pasadena. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her law degree from Yale Law School. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then as law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court.

From 2007 to 2013, Justice Kruger served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Acting Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued 12 cases in the United States Supreme Court. Immediately before joining the California Supreme Court on January 5, 2015, Justice Kruger was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. Justice Kruger has also worked in private practice and has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School.