December 22, 2008
The Women Lawyers of Sacramento honored Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker with the Frances Newell Carr Award on December 18, 2008.
The award goes annually to a person in the Sacramento legal community whose professional achievements, commitment to furthering legal opportunities for women in the law, and contribution to the lives of women and children are of the highest distinction.
The Frances Newell Carr Award was established by WLS in 1994 to honor the late appellate justice, who was a founder and the first president of WLS in 1962. Carr was the first Sacramento County Superior Court female judge appointee. In 1980, she was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal, where she served until her death in 1992. She was also a long-time member of the McGeorge School of Law Advisory Board.
June Coleman, ’97, senior partner at Ellis Coleman Poirier La Voie & Steinheimer and current WLS president, presented the award to Dean Parker at a luncheon reception.
In 2002, Parker became the eighth dean in the history of McGeorge. An outspoken advocate of increased minority and female opportunity in the legal profession, she has been active in the Oak Park community that surrounds the law school. The former CIA and the National Security Agency general counsel was recently reappointed to the Public Interest Declassification Board by President Bush.