Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument

Justice Werdegar at her final oral argument at the Supreme Court in Los Angeles. Before hearing oral arguments, the justices share remarks on Justice Werdegar's service to the law. She retires on Aug. 31, 2017, ending a 23-year career on the Supreme Court bench. (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument

"Every day you bring intelligence, grace and quiet dignity to the work we do and history will record that you are one of the most able justices ever to serve on this court," says Justice Liu. "The people of California are indebted to you for your lifelong contributions to the cause of justice." (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument

"Kay has brought grace and dignity to all of her service on this bench," says Justice Chin. "We are certainly going to miss you." (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument

"Your wonderful career, your commitment to the law, and to the state of California has been an inspiration for lawyers and judges and will continue to be for generations to come," says Justice Corrigan. "Your contributions will definitely last because you have become part of our DNA." (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument

"Justice Werdegar is persuadable, she is persuasive, she is practical, and she is principled. Thank you for the chance to learn from you," says Justice Cuellar. (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument

"Justice Werdegar has been a pioneer and has served as an inspiration for countless aspiring lawyers who have been lucky enough to follow in her path," says Justice Kruger. "She has left an indelible mark on the law of this state." (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument

"Kay has broken every barrier. Every ceiling. So all young women, all people of color, all young lawyers, she was our first. We watched it happen. And she did it quietly with dignity and with integrity," says Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Final Oral Argument

Supreme Court Justices hear oral arguments at the California Supreme Court in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy: Juliane Backmann/Daily Journal)

Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument
Justice Werdegar's Last Oral Argument

Justice Werdegar hears her penultimate oral argument at the Supreme Court in San Francisco. May 30, 2017.

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