Recognizing Annette Abbott Adams

According to the LA Times, about 100 years ago, Annette Abbott Adams became the first female U.S. district attorney in San Francisco. It was just one of her many firsts in the field of law: the first female assistant attorney general of the United States, the first appointed to the California appellate court and the first to serve as a presiding justice on the Supreme Court of California, to name a few. Ms. Adams became known as California’s first lady of law. Born in Prattville, in Plumas County, in 1877, she was educated at what became Chico State and Berkeley. She was the only woman in her law school class, graduating in 1912.

She was the first woman to be admitted to the state bar that same year and campaigned for Woodrow Wilson, who later appointed her the first female assistant attorney general. Ms. Adams “had a pioneer career,” The Times noted in its story of her nomination in 1920. “She successfully handled many of the hardest cases, and her ability soon became recognized beyond the bounds of the state.”

An extraordinary woman and true trailblazer, Annette Abbott Adams was one of the first women school principals in California, one of the first two women to receive a law degree from the University of California, one of the first women to be admitted to the California Bar, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney, the first woman appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney General, and the first woman to serve as an appellate court justice in California. Justice Adams retired December 1952; she died at her Sacramento home four years later, October 26, 1956.

Now to get the title “trailblazer” you have to have a lot of “firsts” in your resume’ and as we all know, the FIRST of anything is NEVER easy. So today, we at Dean Sperling Law recognize the hard work and wisdom of Justice Adams who handled more than her fair share of disputes.  A lot has changed since the 1950s, but disputes still happen every single day.  And when things like landlord/tenant matters, contact issues and even collections adversely impact YOUR business, call in the historically accurate litigator Dean Sperling who will work to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind! 

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