Newsome Nominates Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero for California Supreme Court Chief Justice
California Governor Gavin Newsome has nominated Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero as the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. The current Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, decided not to seek another term.
She became the first Latina on the court when Governor Newsome nominated her as an Associate Justice in March.
Guerrero graduated from the University of California, Berkely and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Standford University. Guerrero received her first judgeship in 2013 after working as an assistant U.S. Attorney in a California District Court.
“Justice Guerrero has established herself as a widely respected jurist with a formidable intellect and command of the law and deep commitment to equal justice and public service,” said Governor Newsom in a press release on Wednesday.
Justice Guerrero, in turn, said, “I am humbled by this nomination to lead our state’s Supreme Court and thank the Governor for entrusting me with this honor. If confirmed, I look forward to continuing the strides the Court has made under Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to expand equal access to justice and create a fairer justice system for all Californians.”
Many experts have asserted that Guerrero’s extensive judicial experience justified her becoming Chief Justice as she is experienced at all judicial levels in the state.
In a highly criticized move, Newsom has selected Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kelli Evans to take Guerrero’s now vacant spot as an Associate Justice.
CA Governor Gavin Newsom's Associate Justice Pick Highly Controversial Gavin Newsom Selects Judge Kelli Evans as an Associate Supreme Court Justice In a highly criticized move, Newsom has selected Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kelli Evans to take Patricia...