Douglas L. Edmonds

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Douglas L. Edmonds ( – May 10, 1962) was an American jurist, serving on the Supreme Court of California and the United Nation's International Law Commission.

Edmonds was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was a product of the public education school systems of Chicago, Denver and San Diego. He later moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California School of Law. After graduation, he took and passed the California Bar exam in 1910.

He practiced law in Southern California until 1926 when he became a municipal court judge. He was later appointed to the superior court bench and, in 1936, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of California as an Associate Justice. He moved to San Francisco as a result of his bench appointment. He served on the Supreme Court of California until his retirement in 1955.[1] In 1954, he was appointed to the United Nation's International Law Commission and he served thereon until 1961.[2]

Edmonds was killed in an automobile accident on May 10, 1962. His wife, Gertrude, survived the accident.


  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity [3]
    • Member, Erskine M. Ross Chapter
    • Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, Justice 1935
    • District Justice, 1938–1957
    • Supreme Vice Justice, 1946–1948
    • Supreme Justice, 1948–1950 and 1950–1952


  1. ^ See, California Supreme Court Historical Society
  2. ^ See, International Law Commission Pages on United Nations Treaty Collection website
  3. ^ “The Reporter”, October, 1950. (Quarterly Publication of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, 1950.)

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