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Judge Thelton Henderson '62 Wins Boalt Hall's Jensen Public Service Award

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson '62 is the 2004 recipient of Boalt Hall's Judge D. Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award. The award is given annually to a prominent Boalt graduate for outstanding dedication to public service. "Judge Henderson is a fierce champion of justice, a humanitarian of the first order, a distinguished jurist, and, of course, a blazing star in the Boalt Hall firmament," said Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., who presented the award to Henderson at an October 14 luncheon in San Francisco.

Created in 1998, the Jensen Award is a tribute to U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen '52, a former Alameda County district attorney and U.S. deputy attorney general; and his late wife, Barbara. Five days earlier, Henderson received a top State Bar of California honor, the 2004 Bernard E. Witkin Medal, recognizing his "significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship."

During an illustrious legal career spanning more than four decades, Henderson has taken notable stands in defense of civil rights, civil liberties and the environment. Currently a senior U.S. district judge for the Northern District of California, Henderson was appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter and served as chief judge from 1990-97.

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