Elizabeth A. Riggs was appointed by the Governor to the municipal court in 1979, where she remained the first and only African American woman judge until 2001. Life experiences prepared her for public service: after college, Riggs worked at the YWCA, the Neighborhood Youth Corp and directed Head Start before community leaders urged to go to law school. In 1997 she was elected Assistant Presiding Judge in El Cajon where she established the Domestic Violence Court. In 2000, a lifelong passion was realized when Riggs was transferred to the Juvenile Court for Dependency and Delinquency. Recognized for her outstanding work in the community, the Hon. Elizabeth Riggs has received numerous awards, is a member of many legal organizations, and was founding chair of the Earl B Gillman Bar Association. In 2007 Riggs was recognized as the 39th Senate District’s Woman of the Year by Senator Christine Kehoe.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.