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Inventory of the Terry Friedman Papers
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Terry Friedman Papers
    Dates: 1979-1994
    Dates: bulk 1986-1994
    Collection number: LP463
    Creator: Terry Friedman, California Legislator
    Collection Size: 17.5 cubic feet, including photographs
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Terry Friedman, Democrat, served in the State Assembly from 1987 to 1994. The Terry Friedman papers consist of 17.5 cubic feet of textual and photographic records from 1979 to 1994. The records are organized into seven series: Bill Files, 1997-2002; Subject Files, 1979-1994; Press Clipping Files, 1986-1994; Sexual Orientation Discrimination Files, 1983-1992; Campaign Files, 1987-1994; Hearing Files, 1989-1990; and Photographs, 1987-1994.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Terry Friedman papers, LP463:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the Terry Friedman papers in a series of three transfers beginning in 1994 and ending in 2010.

    Biography

    Terry Friedman, Democrat, served in the State Assembly from 1987 to 1994. From 1987 to 1992, Terry Friedman represented the 43rd Assembly District, which included portions of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the San Fernando Valley, Tarzana, and Van Nuys. In 1992, Friedman was elected to the redistricted 41st district, which included Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Westlake Village, Encino, Tarzana and Woodland Hills.
    Friedman was born in Pasadena, California, on September 14, 1949. He attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies in 1971. He earned his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Prior to his work in the Assembly, Friedman worked in Los Angeles as a staff attorney for Western Center for Law and Poverty, and as the executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Under his leadership at Bet Tzedek, Friedman oversaw a landmark case involving Holocaust victim reparations. He served as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law from 1981 to 1986, and at the University of Southern California Law Center from 1984 to1986. Friedman and his wife, Elise Karl, have one daughter.
    Friedman's interest in political issues predates his election to the California State Assembly. He served as the state president of the California Federation of Young Democrats in 1971 and as the chair of the California State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administration from 1984 to 1985.
    Terry Friedman was elected to the State Assembly in 1986. His legislative interests were varied and included employment discrimination, access to health care, worker safety, education, and environmental issues. Friedman did not seek re-election in 1994 and instead entered the race for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. After winning that election, he served as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge until 2009.
    Since his departure from the Assembly, Friedman served as an adjunct professor at the following schools: Pepperdine University School of Law, 2006-2008, Loyola Law School, 1990-1993, 1997-1999, and West Los Angeles School of Law, 1998. He was affiliated with the following organizations: Judicial Council of California, 2005-2012, California Bench-Bar Coalition, 2004-2010, and Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2005-2008.
    In addition to his professional duties, Friedman received numerous awards: Public Service Award, Western Center on Law and Poverty, 1993; Public Service Award for Excellence, UCLA Alumni Association, 1990; and Judge of the Year, Juvenile Court Judges of California, 2001. He was named Legislator of the Year by the California National Organization for Women, the Planning and Conservation League, and the California Abortion Rights Action League.

    Scope and Content

    The Terry Friedman papers consist of 17.5 cubic feet of textual and photographic records from 1979 to 1994. The records are organized into seven series: Bill Files, 1997-2002; Subject Files, 1979-1994; Press Clipping Files, 1986-1994; Sexual Orientation Discrimination Files, 1983-1992; Campaign Files, 1987-1994; Hearing Files, 1989-1990; and Photographs, 1987-1994.
    The Bill Files are the bulk of the collection and a strong source of information about his legislative interests. Within this series, recurring topics include: sexual orientation discrimination (AB101, 1991-1992; AB2601, 1991-1992), gun control (AB1751, 1989-1990; AB1756, 1989-1990), environmental preservation (AB1152, 1991-1992; AB3459, 1991-1992), and workplace safety measures (AB1675, 1989-1990).
    The Sexual Orientation Discrimination Files focus on gay rights bills authored by Friedman, including AB101 and AB2601 (1991-1992), and sexual orientation discrimination within employment and housing. Within this series are press clippings, constituent and legislative correspondence, and related legislative measures.

    Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Discrimination - California
    Environmental protection - California
    Gun control
    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights