When I worked for Wilbur F. “Bill” Littlefield, the head public defender for L.A. County, we never discussed the war.
The war, his war, was World War II. Bill Littlefield had been a member of an elite intelligence unit that operated behind enemy lines. Dozens of missions. He was an Alamo Scout.
On June 9, Bill Littlefield died. He was 90 years old. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 28.
Bill Littlefield was my boss. The Boss. I worked for him for 10 years, beginning when I was 25.
Before we had kids, my husband, Len, and I car pooled together. Len was an associate with a downtown law firm and I was a brand-new deputy public defender. Most nights, I worked late in my office until Len came by to pick me up. By 6 p.m., the rest of our office was empty except for the cleaning crew. But one night, Ned Cook, a felony trial attorney, surprised me in the hallway.