UC Merced Update

Cruz Reynoso to Receive Spendlove Prize— April 21


Cruz ReynosoFormer 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.

UC Merced will award the prize to Reynoso during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony Thursday, April 21, in the Kolligian Library, Room 355. Guests must RSVP by calling 209-228-7787 or by emailing specialevents@ucmerced.edu. The following day, Reynoso will give an oral history at 3:30 p.m. in COB 105.

Driven by his upbringing as the son of two farmworkers in California’s Central Valley, Reynoso pursued a career in law, advocating for immigrants' rights. He earned his law degree from UC Berkeley and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1959. Reynoso directed the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 1969 to 1972. He was appointed associate justice to the Third District Court of Appeal in 1976. In 1982, he was appointed as the first Latino associate justice of the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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.