Leondra Reid Kruger is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California and a former Obama administration official. Born in the Los Angeles area, Kruger grew up in South Pasadena, is the daughter of two pediatricians, she attended Polytechnic School in California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she wrote for the Harvard Crimson and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. In the summer of 1999, she interned at the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles. In 2000, she worked as a summer associate at Tolles & Olson. Kruger worked as an associate at the Jenner & Block law firm from 2001 until 2002, she worked as a law clerk for Judge David Tatel on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2002 until 2003. Kruger clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2003 until 2004.
From 2004 until 2006, Kruger was an associate at Wilmer, Pickering and Dorr. She was a visiting assistant professor in 2007 at the University of Chicago Law School. From 2007 until 2013, Kruger was an assistant to the United States Solicitor General and the acting principal deputy solicitor general, she argued 12 cases before the US Supreme Court. In 2013, Kruger became a deputy assistant attorney general at the United States Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. On November 24, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Kruger to the California Supreme Court, she was confirmed on December 29, 2014, replaced Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who retired, she was sworn in on January 5, 2015, became the court's second African-American woman justice, following Janice Rogers Brown. At age 38, she was the youngest appointee to the court in recent years and the third youngest appointee to the court after Hugh C. Murray and M. C. Sloss. In November 2015, Kruger delivered the annual Bernard E. Witkin lecture before the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Her opinions include Barry v. State Bar of California, concerning subject matter jurisdiction and California's anti-SLAPP statute. Kruger is married to Brian Hauck, a partner at Jenner & Block in Los Angeles, they have two children. Media related to Leondra Kruger at Wikimedia Commons Profile. California State Courts. Oral arguments of Leondra R. Kruger before the U. S. Supreme Court. Oyez.com. Profile of Leondra R. Kruger. SCOCAL. Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School. Past & Present Justices. California Supreme Court. Confirmation Hearing of Leondra R. Kruger. Video 35:49 mins. December 22, 2014. YouTube.com. Presentation of Leondra R. Kruger at the ABA Criminal Justice Section annual meeting. August 5, 2016. Video 22:59 mins. YouTube.com. Appearances on C-SPAN List of Justices of the Supreme Court of California Vaino Spencer Janice Rogers Brown
Levee Town is the seventh studio album by Sonny Landreth. Released on Sugar Hill Records October 17, 2000 and re-released in an Expanded Edition on Landreth’s own LandFall Records April 21, 2009. Levee Town expands on the themes and musical styles exhibited on Landreth’s first two major label releases Outward Bound and South of I-10; the record shows a maturity in writing and production as well as a continuing evolution in Landreth’s unique slide guitar playing. The production utilizes a mixture of arrangement styles that befits the range of musical material - introspective singer songwriter. Front and center throughout is Landreth’s exceptional slide guitar. Landreth toured extensively for two years after the 1995 release of South of I-10, but during that time he began to write the songs that would form the core of his next album. Levee Town contains story songs reflecting his life and friends around his Louisiana home. Inspiration cited by Landreth. All of the songs on the album were written by Landreth except "Angeline", a collaboration with songwriter Will Jennings.
Jennings co wrote "For Who We Are", recorded for Levee Town but not released until the 2009 Expanded Edition. "The Going On", a song collaboration with songwriter Wendy Waldman, was written and recorded for Levee Town but not included on the record. It was re-recorded and released on Landreth’s 2008 album From the Reach. Demos for the songs took shape at Landreth’s home studio throughout 1996-1997. By 1998 music producer and TV/film composer Mike Post had become a friend of Landreth’s and expressed an interest in the project. Post offered his WestWind Media studio in Burbank CA as a place to record basic tracks. WestWind Media was a post-production facility but one wing of the building contained a large well designed tracking room and a control room with a vintage Neve console making the studio a perfect place to capture live tracks. Tracking and overdubs took place at WestWind throughout 1998 with Landreth, longtime associate David Ranson, Michael Organ tracking the songs live. Ranson a well known and well regarded bass player from Louisiana had performed and recorded with Landreth for three decades and understood the nuances of the music better than anyone.
Organ, an accomplished rock drummer with enough finesse to capture the Louisiana groove influences of the music, had played with Landreth since 1995. Mike Post played keyboards. Post associate Cary Butler was the primary engineer; some overdubbing was completed in a secondary studio at Mike Post Productions. Basic tracks recorded with Post that appear on the final record are – "Levee Town", "This River", "Love and Glory", "Spider-Gris", "Godchild", "Turning With the Century", "Angeline", "Deep South". On "Godchild" and "Deep South" Landreth had become fond of the guitar tracks he had recorded on demos in his home studio, so the ADAT demos were transferred to 24 Track 2 inch tape, the bass and drum tracks were replaced at WestWind by Ranson and Organ - keeping the demo guitar tracks intact. In 1999 and 2000 tracking and overdubbing moved to Dockside Studio in Maurice just outside Lafayette, Louisiana. Dockside was owned by Landreth’s friends Steve and Cézanne Nails and was another studio with a great Neve recording console and an ample tracking room as well as the advantage of being close to home for Landreth.
David Ranson and Michael Organ were once again the rhythm section and long time Landreth friends Tony Daigle and R. S. Field worked on the tracks. Songs recorded at Dockside included "The U. S. S. Zydecoldsmobile", "Broken Hearted Road", "Z. Rider", "Soul Salvation". Several other tracks were recorded, some for a proposed instrumental album, never completed. Three of those tracks, "Pedal To Metal", "Old Flame", "Fare You Well", appear on the 2009 Expanded Edition release. Many of Landreth’s longtime musical friends appear as guests on Levee Town. Steve Conn. Jennifer Warnes and Herb Pedersen, both accomplished singers in their own right, sing background vocals on most of the album; the Legendary White Trash Horns appear on both "Angeline" and "Deep South". The horn parts were recorded as overdubs at Dockside with arrangement help from Post. Bonnie Raitt’s vocal contribution to "Soul Salvation" was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin Ireland while she was on a trip abroad. Recording and overdubs for the album were completed by summer of 2000 and mixing for Levee Town was handled at Dockside Studio by a combination of Landreth and Field.
After over two years of production, the complications of Landreth chang
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