Justice Kathryn Werdegar heard her final oral arguments in San Francisco and Los Angeles on May 30 and June 6. Before oral arguments began, her colleagues on the court expressed what her 23 years of service have brought to the court and to the people of California. Justice Werdegar's tenure as a California Supreme Court Justice ends on August 31, 2017.
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.
—Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye