During her tenure as superior court judge, LaDoris Cordell would sketch cartoons poking fun at the courts.
They were visual riddles, colorful and irreverent—the idea was to guess the police or legal term depicted in the drawing. A picture of a bullet-pierced coffee mug, for example, translates to “mug shot.” She sold them as part of calendars to raise money for community organizations during her time on the bench, from 1988 to 2001.
Now, as San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor, she’s brought the tradition back. Her 2015 “IPA Days” calendar will raise money for the office’s Teen Leadership Council (TLC).
“I love to draw and I love TLC), so drawing illustrations for a 2015 calendar to benefit the TLC was a no-brainer,” Cordell said. “I had a lot of fun coming up with ways to depict legal/police terms.”
Suggested donations are $15 per calendar or $10 for three or more. For $100, you can buy one of her original drawings.
The TLC was created in March 2011 to advise Cordell’s office about the most effective ways to reach out to the city’s youth. It’s made up of 15 young people from San Jose and it the first board of its kind in the nation, according to the city.