Celebration of California Supreme Court Justice John A. Arguelles '54

March 22, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

With welcoming remarks by Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin, the event will be showing Justice Arguelles' photographs that will be on display at the UCLA Law Library as well as announcing the scholarship and celebrating Justice Arugelles' substantial career.

About Justice John A. Arguelles

Justice John A. Arguelles was the first UCLA Law School graduate and the second Hispanic Justice to serve on the California Supreme Court.

Justice Arguelles was born in Los Angeles on September 22, 1927, and graduated from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He immediately joined the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. After the war, using the GI Bill, he enrolled at UCLA, then the law school, graduating in 1954. He was admitted to the State Bar in January 1955 and set up a private practice in East Los Angeles. In 1957 he was one of the founding members of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles. In 1963 he was appointed to the East Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor Pat Brown. In 1969 he was elevated by Governor Ronald Reagan to the Superior Court. In 1985 Governor George Deukmejian elevated him to the 2nd District Court of Appeal and in 1987 named him to the California Supreme Court. After retiring from the bench, Justice Arguelles served of counsel with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Justice Arguelles also chaired the state-wide group, Judicial Council Study on the Language Needs of Non-English Speaking Persons, which issued the recommendations for the certification of all foreign language interpreters used in court proceedings.