Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender
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Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender

Overview

Clara Shortridge Foltz, the first woman to practice law on the West Coast, recognized the inequities in the justice system. She saw the droves of people without money appear in court unrepresented. “Justice should be free; but it is not,” Foltz argued. “If the accused has money he must pay for his defense, no matter what hardship it may involve. He must pay or go without counsel and, therefore, without justice.”