Former California Supreme Court Justice and civil rights lawyer Cruz Reynoso has been named the 2011 recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.
The University of California, Merced, will award the prize to Reynoso during an evening ceremony Thursday, April 21. The following day at 3:30 p.m. in Classroom and Office Building, Room 105, Reynoso will give an oral history that's open to the public. No RSVP is required.
The Spendlove Prize was established through a generous gift to the university from Sherrie Spendlove in honor of her parents, lifelong Merced residents Alice and Clifford Spendlove. The prize every year honors an individual who exemplifies the delivery of social justice, diplomacy and tolerance in his or her work.
"Justice Reynoso has been a lifelong trailblazer, helping those of humble beginnings have access to the legal system," Sherrie Spendlove said. "One of the things that makes our sixth recipient so compelling is that he withstood his own adversities and disadvantages and became a champion of social justice for all people."