Linda Brackins-Willett (1945-2013)
The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles is saddened to report the passing of Linda Brackins-Willett. Mrs. Brackins-Willett was president of WLALA from 1995-1996 and a Life Member of our organization.
Ms. Brackins-Willett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March 1945 and was always proud of her mid-western roots, but loved her life in California. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BA and JD. Between earning those degrees, she received a MA (History) from the University of Nebraska. She was awarded her LLM from Columbia University. She taught law at the University of Arkansas, Ohio Northern University, and Southwestern Law School, where she was the faculty advisor to the Southwestern Law Review.
Ms. Brackins-Willett was most recently active on the Women's Committee for the Pasadena Symphony and held various roles in that organization. At her death, she was active and on the Board of Hathaway Sycamores, a charitable organization devoted to helping children and families experiencing difficulty. She was a founding member of the Legal Support Network for Amnesty International. She enjoyed music and had long been a supporter of LA Opera and looked forward to every season at the Hollywood Bowl and of the Pasadena Symphony. She was a committed fan of the Lakers and of the football teams at OU and UCLA.
Ms. Brackins-Willett thoroughly loved being with her large, extended family. She enjoyed spoiling her children and her grandchildren and believed no child can be loved too much. Among her many joys were Christmases in Colorado, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, traveling to new places and discovering new adventures. Her friends will remember her caring spirit and her generosity.
Mrs. Brackins-Willett was married to retired O’Melveny partner and former Vice Chair Robert E. Willett. She and her husband, now a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, were married for 33 years.
Mrs. Brackins-Willett was a respected and beloved member of our organization and many others. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Sarah, her step-daughter Stephanie and her son Alex, her grandchildren Amelia and Nate, her older brothers Don and Terry and their families, and a loving network of friends and family. She will be dearly missed.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at noon at The Church of Our Savior, 535 West Roses Road, San Gabriel, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Pasadena Symphony, 2 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 or to Hathaway Sycamores, 210 South De Lacey Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.