Hon. Elizabeth A. Riggs Inducted Into the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial
On May 23rd, Hon. Elizabeth A. Riggs was inducted into the San Diego County Bar Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Lawyers Memorial. Judge Riggs was the first African American female judge in San Diego County and remained the only African American female judge for 22 years. Judge Riggs was also a co-founder of the Association of Black Attorneys, later renamed the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation. Judge Riggs had a tremendous impact on the Earl B Gilliam Bar Foundation and the students, attorneys, and judges whom she encountered. A pioneer, fierce supporter of civil rights, women’s rights, and community activist, Judge Riggs furthered the cause of diversifying the legal community and will have an everlasting impact on the San Diego legal community.
About the Distinguished Lawyers Memorial:
The Distinguished Lawyers Memorial gives special and permanent recognition to deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar Association who have demonstrated superior legal skills and high ethical standards throughout careers of significant length. In honor of each inductee, the SDCBF welcomes tax-deductible contribution to the Fund that benefits the Foundation and the law related organizations it serves. Please consider making a donation in honor of Judge Elizabeth A. Riggs. To give, please visit the San Diego County Bar Foundation.
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