The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles is saddened to report the passing of Professor Myrna Raeder. Professor Raeder passed away on November 16 at the age of 66. Professor Raeder was a Life Member of our organization and received our Ernestine Stahlhut Award in 2003.
Professor Raeder was an esteemed member of the Southwestern Law School faculty for nearly 35 years. She was highly regarded national figure in legal education and the advancement of criminal justice. She was deeply involved in women’s issues since the 1960’s when she was in law school. Professor Raeder was president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, Association of American Law Schools Evidence Section and Section on Women in Legal Education.
Professor Raeder received one of the American Bar Associations highest honors, the 2002 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. She also received the prestigious ABA Criminal Justice Section Charles R. English Award in 2013.
Professor Raeder and her husband, Terry Kelly, recently pledged $100,000 to establish the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern. The endowment will provide scholarships to students who grew up in kinship or foster care or as the child of an incarcerated parent.
Professor Raeder was a respected and beloved member of our organization and many others. She is survived by her husband Terry Kelly and two sons , Tom and Michael. She will be dearly missed.
A memorial service in Professor Raeder's memory will be held in January. The family has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern. There are a number of ways to make a donation to the Myrna Raeder Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern:
2. To send a check: Please make your check payable to Southwestern Law School and either in the memo section or transmittal note, include Myrna Raeder. Please mail to: Debra Leathers, Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
3. Phone donation – please call the Institutional Advancement Office, 213.738.6814 and provide us with your credit card information.
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