Charles Earl Lloyd
The famed defense attorney’s name will join the prestigious wall along with 9 other attorneys.By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
On Wednesday, May 25, the late and well-known defense attorney, Charles Earl Lloyd had his name inscribed on the Criminal Justice Wall of Fame. Lloyd joins the prestigious wall of fame along with nine other distinguished attorneys.
Originally from Indianola, Mississippi, Lloyd used to read about lawyer greats such as Cris Wright, Earl Broady, Sr., Walter Gordon, Sr., and Herman English. Many he read about in the Sentinel. Little did he know that the seeds had been laid and Lloyd would follow in those great footsteps.
Lloyd’s career began as one of the first Black deputy city attorneys in the city of Los Angeles. He would later partner with the future Mayor, Attorney Thomas “ Tom” Bradley and open law firm, Bradley, Burrell & Lloyd. The firm would later discorporate after Lloyd entered politics. He continued to practice law as Charles E. Lloyd Law Corp.
He was known as an attorney fiercely loyal to his city. He never took a litigation case against the city. He also assisted his former law partner, Bradley, both times he ran for governor.
In 1979, the Brotherhood Crusade honored Lloyd with the Pioneers of Legal Leadership. He joined the ranks of honorees such as Justices Vaino Spencer and Wiley Manuel, Attorneys Johnnie Cochran and Sam Williams. This award came from the years Lloyd spent setting the bar for upholding justice and equality under the law.
One of his famous cases was when he defended a Korean woman who shot and killed a Black girl over a quart of orange juice. Lloyd convinced the judge to give his client probation. Unfortunately, this ruling came in the midst of Rodney King, which caused many to become enraged. The ire of the public was directed towards the judge who ruled on the case.
Lloyd would further be honored by the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association as trial lawyer of the year. This would be one of the highest honors he could have received.
Now, Lloyd’s stunning career will be memorialized in criminal justice forever. District Attorney Steve Cooley and other officials unveiled the new names to the wall on May 25 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, on the first floor at 210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.
Lloyd passed away April of 2010 with funeral services held at Holman United Methodist Church; 3320 Adams Blvd.