The Honorable Joyce L. Kennard


BA 1971, MPA / JD 1974
Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

Joyce Luther Kennard is an associate justice on the California Supreme Court. Appointed to the court in April of 1989, she has also served as chair of the California Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee since May of 1996.

Previously, Kennard was an associate justice on the state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, and a trial judge in Los Angeles County. Prior to that, she was a senior attorney on the state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, and a deputy attorney general in Los Angeles in 1975.

Kennard is widely recognized for her service to the judicial system and the community. Among her many awards are the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award, the First Justice Rose Bird Memorial Award from the California Women Lawyers organization and the Public Service Award from the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese American Bar Association.

Born in West Java in Indonesia, Joyce Kennard immigrated to the United States in 1961. She earned her bachelor of arts (1971), master of public administration (1974), and juris doctor (1974) degrees at the University of Southern California. She has received honorary doctor of laws degrees from San Joaquin College of Law (2004), Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (1997), Lincoln Law School in Sacramento (1997), Whittier Law School (1994), Southwestern University School of Law (1991), California Western School of Law (1990), and Pepperdine School of Law (1989).