Scope and Content
Title: Terry Friedman Papers
Dates: bulk 1986-1994
Collection number: LP463
Terry Friedman, California Legislator
17.5 cubic feet, including photographs
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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
[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
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.
No further accruals are expected.
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
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights