Wiley Manuel

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Wiley W. Manuel (1927 – 1981) was an associate justice on the Supreme Court of California from 1977 – 1981 and the first African American to serve on the high court.


Governor Jerry Brown appointed Justice Manuel on February 12, 1977. Justice Manuel had served on the court for only four years before he succumbed to stomach cancer. Justice Manuel was known for his dedication to pro bono work. There is a pro bono award named after him awarded by the State Bar of California each year. The Wiley Manuel Courthouse, part of the Alameda County Superior Court, was named after him.[1]


In 1953 Justice Manuel had attended Hastings College of Law and successfully received his Bachelor of Law degree. [1]


His wife is Eleanor Manuel and she currently resides in Oakland, CA.[1]


In honor of Wiley Manuel, there is a non-profit scholarship foundation in Northern California and an Oakland courthouse in his name. [1]


Justice Wiley W. Manuel died in the year of 1981. [1]

External links[edit]

  • Wiley Manuel Bar Association [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The History of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County". The Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County. Retrieved 20 August 2012.