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Guide to the Californians to Defeat Rose Bird, 1985-1986
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Californians to Defeat Rose Bird,
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1986
    Box Number: 1650-1670
    Collector: Byers, Janet
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Californians to Defeat Rose Bird, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Bird, Rose Elizabeth
    Californians to Defeat Rose Bird
    Capitol Punishment--California
    Grodin, Joseph R.
    Reynoso, Cruz


    Rose Elizabeth Bird was the first woman ever to serve on the California Supreme Court. She came to California from New York in 1959. In 1965, she received her J.D. degree from the University of Calfiornia, Berkeley. After graduation, she was the first woman ever to clerk for the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
    In 1966, she became the first woman hired as a deputy public defender in Santa Clara County. From 1972 to 1974 she taught at Stanford Law School, where she conducted clinical courses in criminal and consumer law. In January 1975, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed her to be the first woman to serve as Cabinet Secretary. She served as Secretary of the Agriculture and Services Agency until her appointment as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, March 16, 1977.
    In 1985 Californians to Defeat Rose Bird and other citizens' groups began a campaign to remove Rose Bird from the Supreme Court. She lost her seat in an election held in 1986.


    Clippings, press releases, notes, flyers, photographs, reports, audio and video tapes regarding the campaign to remove Chief Justice Rose Bird from the California Supreme Court.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • California Commission on Crime and Punishment, 1985 Report.
    • Eaton, William. Courts Under Siege.
    • Gughemetti, Joseph. The People vs. Rose Bird.
    • Johnson, Phillip E. The Civil Cases: Four Representative Decisions of the California Supreme Court.
    • Johnson, Phillip E. The Court on Trial: The California Judicial Election of 1986. (two copies)
    • Medsger, Betty. Framed: The New Right Attack on Chief Justice Rose Bird and the Courts.
    • Stolz, Preble. Judging Judges: The Investigation of Rose Bird and the California Supreme Court.
    • Supreme Court of California. Practices and Procedures.


    • Citizens: Group Pictures: City of Orange Police Dept.
    • Citizens: Group Pictures: Supreme Court Justices
    • Davis, Ed
    • Katz, Richard
    • Reynoso, Cruz
    • Seitz, Amy Sue

    Textual File

    • Charts, diagrams, tables, etc.: "You Judge Your Judges Calif. Supreme Court Report Election 1986."
    • Bumper Sticker: "Bye, Bye Birdie."

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