Significant Contributions to Criminal Justice Lifetime Achievement Award


Purpose of the Award:

Recognizes the lifetime of commitment to individual rights and liberties of the recipient as demonstrated through their work and life at the bar or on the bench.

Origin of the Award:

This award carries the name of California's former Chief Justice, the gentle and beloved Donald Wright. Here he is remembered for his opinion in People v. Anderson (1972) 6 Cal.3d 628 declaring California's death penalty cruel and unusual, and he is further distinguished by former Governor Reagan's statement that Chief Justice Wright's appointment was his biggest mistake as governor. Chief Justice Wright was the first recipient and brought tears to many in attendance as he so beautifully described justice as he saw it and tried to live it.


| Lifetime Achievement Award | Legislator of the Year |
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