Justice Cantil-Sakauye Nominated by Governor Schwarzenegger


Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Governor Schwarzenegger nominated Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District to be the next Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

In response to the Governor’s announcement, Justice Cantil-Sakauye released this statement: "It is a privilege and a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to serve as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.  I have had the distinct pleasure of being a municipal court judge, a superior court judge and an appellate court justice. Being nominated to serve on the highest court in California is a dream come true. I deeply respect the inspirational and visionary work of Chief Justice Ronald George and hope to build upon it. As a jurist, woman and a Filipina, I am extremely grateful for the trust Governor Schwarzenegger has placed in me.  I hope to show young people what they can achieve if they follow their dreams and reach for their full potential."

The nomination is still subject to the approval of the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments and by voters in November. If Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s nomination is confirmed, she will become the first Asian American Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, the first Filipina American on the California Supreme Court. Approval of Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s Chief Justice nomination will create the first female majority in California Supreme Court history.

Justice Cantil-Sakauye served as deputy District Attorney for the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and later as the deputy legal affairs secretary and a deputy legislative secretary for the then Governor George Deukmejian.  In 1990, Deukmejian nominated her to the Sacramento County Municipal court and after she served 7 years, Governor Pete Wilson elevated her to the Superior Court. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger nominated her to her current position in the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.

Justice Cantil-Sakauye is a graduate of U.S. Davis, Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. She has twenty years of experience as a judge and additionally, is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Sacramento Asian Bar Association. She has been honored with the 2003 Trailblazer’s award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and in 2005 with the highly prestigious President’s Award from the Sacramento Asian Bar Association. The AABA commended Governor Schwarzenegger on his decision to nominate Justice Cantil-Sakauye. President of the AABA Billy Chan added, “This nomination is extremely well-deserved.”

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