"This is a central argument for why representation is so important — that a representational democracy should reflect its people. Another argument is that it opens up what future generations believe is possible.
Cordell has had that kind of impact.
Before she met Cordell, Margaret Russell hadn't really thought about going into the law. "LaDoris Cordell is the first Black judge I ever met," she says. Now Russell teaches law at Santa Clara University.
Russell is Black and Japanese American and she says there's great power in being able to see someone who looks like you in positions of power."