La Sierra University is proud to present the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Arthur l.ittleworth LLB.
Mr. Littleworth is one of the preeminent water law attorneys in the United States and senior partner at the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP. In his more than 40 years of legal practice, he has particpated in all aspects of water law, including transactional and litigation matters. In 2003, he was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.
A graduate of both Yale University and Stanford University, Mr. Littleworth chaired the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) board at a turbulent and critical time in American history. In 1965, he provided leadership that led to RUSD becoming the first school district in the United States to integrate classrooms without legal pressure. He worked closely with educators, school board members, and Mexican Americans and African American parents and community leaders to achieve this remarkable outcome. "It was a time of anger;' he recalls. "I thought we should be one city:'
In 2014, Mr. Littleworth wrote a memoir detailing his experiences with integration, No Easy Way:
Integrating Riverside Schools-A Victory for Community. He is also a co-author of the book California
Water, widely regarded as the definitive text on historical, legal, and policy issues regarding the use or
water in California.
"Mr. Littleworth served as both inspiration and as a symbol of Riverside's commitment to inclusion;'
writes Dean John Thomas of the Zapara School of Business. "Especially today, at a time when
ethnocultural tensions run high and the ideal of inclusive community is challenged by strident voices, honoring Riverside's heritage of peaceful transformation is apt"