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- May 6, 2022

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell: She's opened door after door for generations behind her

by Chris Kenrick

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell has spent much of her life creating change: She was the first lawyer to open a private law practice in East Palo Alto and in 1982, she became the first African American female judge in northern California. She was later elected to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. After serving 19 years, Cordell retired from the bench and joined Stanford University as vice provost and special counselor to the president for campus relations. the university ranked last place in the enrollment of Black and Hispanic students among major law schools before Cordell arrived. With her help, Stanford climbed all the way to first. She also has served as a council member for the city of Palo Alto, the independent police auditor for the city of San Jose and an on-camera legal analyst for CBS-5 news on KPIX-TV.

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