Friday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Judge William Norris, with admirers ranging from Governor Jerry Brown to philanthropist Eli Broad, recounts his life and times as a trailblazing lawyer and judge in his vivid and accessible memoir. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the making of a truly ground-breaking jurist, this rare occasion with Judge Norris reading and signing Liberal Opinions is your chance to find out.
Author of the controversial but prescient judicial opinion striking down the ban on gays in the military—two decades before the Supreme Court finally recognized such equal rights—Bill Norris made waves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet his legal and civic life before and after, though less well known, is equally the measure of the man.
“Bill Norris tells his American story—growing up in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, then rising to legal, judicial and political heights in post-war California. His zest for life comes off every page as he fights discrimination, renders justice and inspires a host of brilliant attorneys. His prose is crisp and fast-paced. His America: uncommonly decent.”— Edmund ‘Jerry’ Brown Jr., Governor of California
“Bill Norris’ memoir is a beautifully written account of a man who rose to the top of the legal world and was an integral part of some of the most important issues of the last half century. Most of all, it is an inspiring book that is a powerful reminder of how much one person can accomplish.” — Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
William A. Norris has been a practicing lawyer, political adviser and candidate, family man, naval corpsman, budding journalist, supporter of the arts, and—most famously—Ninth Circuit judge. He was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, and has long made Los Angeles his home with his wife Jane Jelenko.