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About the Pasadena Courthouse

Vista Del Arroyo
From Hotel to Courthouse
By Bradley Williams

Stanford was playing Southern Methodist University in the Rose Bowl in 1936, and the West Coast team was staying at Pasadena’s finest resort hotel, the Vista del Arroyo. A recent graduate of Stanford Law School, Dick Chambers, stopped by on New Year’s Eve to visit his cousin on the team. It was the middle of the Great Depression, and Chambers had just arrived by train from his home in Tucson. The doorman eyeing the rumpled young man, refused him entrance. Dick Chambers would never forget the slight or the hotel. 

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About the Pasadena Courthouse

Featured Oral History of Judge Mary Murguia

Judge Mary Murguia is interviewed by her colleague and mentor, Judge Paul Rosenblatt.  She tells the moving story of having grown up as one of seven children of Mexican immigrants and traces her career trajectory from her childhood in Kansas...

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