No. 81: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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81. Nancy Drabble

Days after Gov. Newsom’s Stay-at-Home order last year, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced the suspension of jury trials for 60 days. Two months later, the May Revise outlined a 10% funding cut to the judicial branch. Thus began a saga that continues to play out: Circumstances dictate dramatic changes in the otherwise staid culture of the courts, and Nancy Drabble of The Consumer Attorneys of California works to stave off the most dire impacts for her members and their clients. The organization successfully lobbied for a $60 million allocation in this year’s Budget to address court delays. The CAOC is also supporting SB2, which would create a police decertification process and revise Qualified Immunity for police officers; and SB447, which would allow families to sue for compensation for non-economic damages after a loved one has died. Drabble, a UC Berkeley graduate, came to CAOC in 1986 after a stint with Ralph Nader’s “Nader’s Raiders” and was a player in the legendary 1988 “napkin deal” crafted at Frank Fat’s restaurant.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021

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