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GOVERNOR BROWN TO SWEAR IN MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR AND LEONDRA KRUGER TO THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Press Release from Governor Brown: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18812

SACRAMENTO – Following the inauguration of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., he will swear in Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Leondra R. Kruger to the California Supreme Court in Sacramento on Monday, January 5, 2015.

When: Monday, January 5, 2015 at approx. 12:30 p.m. Media must check in by 12:20 p.m.
Where: Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, Room 500, 5th Floor, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

**NOTE: The ceremony is open to credentialed media and invited guests only. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Andrew Santana at andrew.santana@gov.ca.gov by 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 29, 2014.

Governor Brown nominated Cuéllar and Kruger to the California Supreme Court earlier this year. Today, Kruger was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, composed of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and senior presiding justice of the state Court of Appeal Joan Dempsey Klein. Cuéllar was confirmed by the commission in August.

GOVERNOR BROWN SELECTS MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR FOR CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Press Release from Governor Brown’s Office: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18612

7-22-2014

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

Cuéllar, 41, of Stanford, has been a Stanford Law School professor since 2001 and was appointed Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. He has taught administrative law, criminal law and international law, among other subjects. Cuéllar has been director of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies since 2013 and Professor of Political Science, by courtesy, at Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences since 2010. He served as co-director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation from 2011 to 2013.

“Tino Cuéllar is a renowned scholar who has served two presidents and made significant contributions to both political science and the law,” said Governor Brown. “His vast knowledge and even temperament will – without question – add further luster to our highest court.”

Cuéllar was born in Matamoros, Mexico and for a number of years walked across the border each day to attend school in neighboring Brownsville, Texas. At age 14, he moved with his family to the Imperial Valley of California, where he graduated from Calexico High School. Cuéllar went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from Stanford University.

Cuéllar served as special assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council in 2009 and 2010 and was co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group in 2008 and 2009. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000 to 2001 and as senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1997 to 1999.

“I am enormously honored by Governor Brown’s nomination, and if confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of California on our state’s highest court,” said Cuéllar.

Cuéllar co-chaired the National Equity and Excellence Commission, created by Congress to advise the Secretary of Education on how to close the achievement gap in American public schools, from 2011 to 2013. He serves as a presidential appointee to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an agency charged with improving the fairness and efficiency of federal administrative programs, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Constitution Project, a national bipartisan organization devoted to advancing support for the U.S. Constitution. Cuéllar is a member of the American Law Institute Council and the American Constitution Society Board of Directors. Cuéllar is married to U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh of the Northern District of California. They have two children.

He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Marvin R. Baxter on January 4, 2015. The compensation for this position is $225,342. Cuéllar is a Democrat.

The Governor’s nomination must be submitted to the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission on Judicial Appointments consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and senior presiding justice of the state Court of Appeal Joan Dempsey Klein. If confirmed by the Commission, the nominee will appear on the November 4th ballot for voter approval.

GOVERNOR BROWN SELECTS LEONDRA R. KRUGER FOR CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Press Release from Governor Brown: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18791

11-24-2014

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Leondra R. Kruger as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court.

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, of Washington, D.C., has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel since 2013. She served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General from 2007 to 2013. While serving in that office, she argued 12 cases on behalf of the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Leondra Kruger is a distinguished lawyer and uncommon student of the law,” said Governor Brown. “She has won the respect of eminent jurists, scholars and practitioners alike.”

“I am deeply honored by Governor Brown’s nomination,” said Kruger. “I look forward to returning home to California and, if confirmed, serving the people of California on our state’s highest court.”

Kruger was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School in 2007 and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP from 2004 to 2006. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2003 to 2004 and to the Honorable David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2002 to 2003. Kruger was an associate at Jenner and Block LLP from 2001 to 2002.

“I am delighted to congratulate Leondra Kruger on her nomination to the California Supreme Court,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. “Leondra is an extraordinarily talented attorney who has been a leader within the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and Office of the Solicitor General. Her remarkable judgment, tireless work ethic, and dedication to the highest ideals of public service have marked her as one of the foremost leaders of her profession. I am certain that she will be an excellent and thoughtful Supreme Court Justice who will serve the people of California with distinction for many years. I will miss working with Leondra, but I am proud to join my colleagues in wishing her all the best as she begins a new chapter in her already extraordinary career.”

Solicitors General under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush also lauded today’s announcement:

“Leondra Kruger is a brilliant, deeply principled and eloquent lawyer who has served the Department of Justice and the country with great distinction in the Solicitor General’s Office and more recently in the Office of Legal Counsel,” said U.S. Solicitor General Don Verrilli. “Her character, temperament and wise judgment make her ideally suited to serve as a jurist on the California Supreme Court. I am certain she will make great contributions to the law in the years to come.”

“Leondra Kruger is perhaps the most outstanding lawyer in America right now under the age of 40. She is known for meticulous preparation before her arguments in the United States Supreme Court, her absolute dedication to candor and her unwavering commitment to fairness,” said former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal. “She served the United States Justice Department with marked distinction, and will make a historic, fabulous, Justice on the California Supreme Court. California, and the nation, could do no better than Leondra Kruger.”

“Leondra is an outstanding lawyer and was an even better colleague at the Office of Solicitor General. She combines an understated and easygoing manner with a keen legal mind and unquestioned integrity,” said former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement.

Kruger earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Kruger was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

“Leondra is an exemplary, outstanding graduate of the Yale Law School,” said Yale Law School Dean and Sol and Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Robert Post. “She has a proven track-record of exceptional public service and achievement. I am confident that she shall become a superb Justice, a magnificent fiduciary for the laws and welfare of the people of California.”

Kruger will replace Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who retired from the court earlier this year. The compensation for this position is $225,342.

The Governor’s nomination must be submitted to the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission on Judicial Appointments consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and senior presiding justice of the state Court of Appeal Joan Dempsey Klein.

Goodwin Liu confirmed to California Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

From the San Jose Mercury News:

UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu’s path to a prestigious judgeship took much longer than expected and was full of political detours, but he has reached his destination.

A three-member state commission Wednesday unanimously approved Liu’s nomination to the California Supreme Court, just a few months after it appeared his aspirations to become a judge would be dashed when Senate Republicans torpedoed his long-stalled bid for a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s largest appeals court.

Liu’s confirmation to the state Supreme Court not only boosts the career of a 40-year-old liberal legal superstar, but gives California’s seven-member high court a majority of Asian justices for the first time in history.

Former Justice Carlos Moreno to Join Irell & Manella

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

From DBusinessNews:

Los Angeles – LOS ANGELES, Calif. -– (March 1, 2011) – Irell & Manella LLP announced today that former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Carlos Moreno will join the firm this month.

“Justice Moreno’s unparalleled intellect, integrity, and scholarship are legendary in the California legal community,” said Elliot Brown, Irell & Manella managing partner. “We are thrilled that he has chosen to make Irell & Manella his new home as he enters private practice. He will be an important addition to our litigation, appellate, ADR, class action defense, and internal investigations practice groups.”

Read the full story here.

California’s 28th Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

From the Court’s Press Center:

Learn about California’s 28th Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the judicial branch leadership transition process—from Governor Schwarzenegger’s nomination to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye taking oath on Jan. 3, 2011.”


California Chief Justice Ronald George leaves historic legacy

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

California Chief Justice Ronald George leaves historic legacy

Los Angeles Times

PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Faced with the self-assigned task of writing the California Supreme Court’s first ruling on gay marriage, Chief Justice Ronald M. George drafted an opinion in early 2008 with two different endings. One gave same-sex couples the right to marry. The other didn’t. Then he asked the six associate justices for reaction….

Read the full story here.

State’s new top judge shares experiences at Antioch high school academy

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

From the Contra Costa Times, Paul Burgarino writes:

“Tani Cantil-Sakauye told about 400 law academy students at Deer Valley on Monday that she draws on the lessons she learned growing up the youngest of four children, including her involvement in high school extracurricular activities and waiting tables through college, to deal with the rigors of being a judge.

“With all the things you do, you can build the house of your dreams,” she said.

Cantil-Sakauye, 51, will be only the second female Supreme Court chief justice in the state’s 148-year history and the first of Filipino descent. She will replace Chief Justice Ronald George, who is retiring after 14 years, on Jan. 3.”

Read the full article here.

Cantil-Sakauye sworn-in as California Supreme Court Chief Justice

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

From the Sacramento Bee:

Tani Cantil-Sakauye was sworn-in today by outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to become chief justice of the California Supreme Court, beginning Jan. 3.

The 51-year-old Sacramento resident will be the first woman and first non-white person to lead the state’s highest court, replacing retiring Chief Justice Ronald M. George.

A graduate of the UC Davis School of Law, Cantil-Sakauye has served as a deputy legal affairs secretary to then-Gov. George Deukmejian, a Sacramento County deputy district attorney, and as a Municipal and Superior Court judge.

And from Courthouse News:

Of Cantil-Sakauye, he [Schwarzenegger] said, “She’s a living, breathing example of the American dream. She waited on tables to put herself through college and law school. What an inspiring example for young boys and girls.”
He added: “The people of California agree,” referring to the 2-1 margin of voters who confirmed her on Nov. 2.

To view the swearing in, click here.

New Book on Justice Jesse W. Carter

Friday, October 8th, 2010

New book:  The great dissents of the “lone dissenter” : Justice Jesse W. Carter’s twenty tumultuous years on the California Supreme Court / edited by David B. Oppenheimer, Allan Brotsky ; contributions by Jessica L. Beeler (Published by Carolina Academic Press, 2010)

Contents:
  • Jesse W. Carter / by Joseph R. Grodin
  • In defense of dissents / William J. Brennan, Jr.
  • Dissent / by William A. Fletcher
  • Justice Carter’s role in the Caryl Chessman cases : due process matters / by Susan Rutberg
  • Justice Carter’s dissent in People v. Gonzales : protecting against the “tyranny of totalitarianism” / by Rachel A. Van Cleave
  • Justice Carter’s dissent in People v. Crooker : an early step towards Miranda warnings and the expansion of the Fifth Amendment to pre-trial confessions / by Helen Y. Chang
  • “The hysteria of our times” : loyalty oaths in California / by Marc Stickgold
  • Justice Carter’s dissent in Hughes v. Superior Court of Contra Costa County : harbinger of the 60s civil rights movement and affirmative action? / by Frederic White
  • Payroll Guarantee Association, Inc. v. the Board of Education of the San Francisco Unified School District : denying hecklers the right to veto unpopular speech / by David Zizmor and Clifford Rechtschaffen
  • Justice Carter’s dissent in Takahashi v. Fish & Game Commission : taking a stand against racial discrimination / by Jessica L. Beeler
  • Justice Jesse Carter’s passionate defense of workers’ rights : challenging the majority’s “legal legerdemain” / by Marci Seville
  • Justice Carter, contributory negligence and wrongful death : a call to get rid of a “bad law with bad results” / by Michael A. Zamperini
  • Kurlan v. CBS : Justice Carter’s prescient dissent-a glimpse into the future of copyright protection in the entertainment industry / by Marc H. Greenberg
  • Justice Carter’s dissent in Gill v. Hearst Publishing Co. : foreshadowing privacy concerns for an age of digital cameras, video voyeurism, and Internet excess / by Markita D. Cooper
  • The plight of the derivative plaintiff : Justice Carter’s dissent in Hogan v. Ingold / by Michele Benedetto Neitz
  • Carter’s dissent in Simpson v. City of Los Angeles : a precursor to the animal rights movement / by Janice Kosel.