Clara S. Foltz Photo

Clara S. Foltz

Born: Jul 16, 1849

Death: Sep 2, 1934

Birthplace: Lafayette

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Clara S. Foltz

Date of Birth : Jul 16, 1849
Date of Death : Sep 2, 1934
Birth Place : Lafayette

Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first female lawyer on the West Coast, and pioneered the idea of the public defender. The Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles was renamed after her in 2002, and is now known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.


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