Dear Hal Rosner,
On behalf of the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees, I am pleased to present
to you the enclosed Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Certificate.
As you may already know, JUSTICE WILEY W. MANUEL (f 927-19811became the
first African-American Justice of the Californía Supreme Court when Governor
Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed him in 1977. Justice Manuel graduated from the
University of California, Berkeley and attended Hastings College of the Law, where
he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, was a member of the Thr¡rston
Society, and elected to the Order of the Coif.
Upon receiving his law degree in 1953, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General
by then Attorney General Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. Justice Manuel served the public
through the Attorney General’s office for more than 20 years. He Was later appointed
Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Adminístrative Law Sêction, and was
appointed Chief Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division in 1971.
ln 1976, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Justice Manuel to the Alameda
County Superior Court. He was elevated to the Supreme Court the following year.
He maintained close ties with Hastings College of the Law, serving on the Board of
the Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and the Board of Trustees of
the Hastings Law Center Foundation, which established a scholarship fund in his
memory, upon his death in 1981.
Your efforts to provide legal services to California’s poor honor the memory of
Justice Manuel and are an important example of our profession’s commitment to pro
bono legal services. I thank’you for your professíonalism and generosity.
James P. Fox
President, State Bar of California 2016-2017