CSCHS sponsors a variety of educational programs, receptions, archival projects, oral history projects and a student writing competition. Grants and gifts are available from the Society for scholarly projects and publications dealing with California legal and judicial history that advance the mission of the Society.


Thirty Years After a Hundred Year Flood: Judicial Elections and the Administration of Justice

This program, which will be held at the California State Bar meeting in San Diego on October 2, 2016, discusses the California Constitution’s system for electing justices and judges, and how the elections can influence the administration of justice.

Featured speakers include UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and former California Supreme Court Justices Joesph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso.

The CSCHS Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition in California Legal History

An annual competition for law students and graduate students to write about California legal history including the history of the California Supreme Court.

California Supreme Court Oral History Project – University of California, Berkeley

The California Supreme Court Oral History Project carries out research interviews with retired justices to create an archival complement to the written record of California’s highest court and, by extension, the lower California courts. This project is partially funded by the California Supreme Court Historical Society.