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Goodwin Liu Confirmed to California Supreme Court
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Goodwin Liu Confirmed to California Supreme Court

3 October 2011

TOM HAYASHI| Interim Executive Director

After a brief 36 day confirmation period in the State of California, Professor Goodwin H. Liu was unanimously confirmed to serve on the California Supreme Court and sworn in on September 1, 2011. The Commission on Judicial Appointments voted 3-0 to endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination.

Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Liu, 40, to the state high court last month, only a few months after Liu withdrew his federal nomination. With Liu’s confirmation, California’s seven member high court will contain a majority of Asian American justices for the first time in history. 

Goodwin Liu comes to California with a distinguished background. The son of immigrant Taiwanese physicians, Liu graduated with honors from Stanford University and Yale Law School and was a Rhodes Scholar. He worked at Americorps directing higher education programs and later worked as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A scholar, teacher, and lawyer and with experience in both the private and public sectors, Liu is a nationally-recognized expert on constitutional law and education law and policy.

"OCA congratulates Goodwin Liu in his confirmation to the California Supreme Court. We acknowledge his commitment to achieving equality for APAs. OCA is very proud of his achievements. The citizens of California are very fortunate to have a proven leader and advocate for our causes in the highest judicial appointment in the state,” remarked, OCA President Ken Lee.
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