February 10, 2011

Chief Justice gets some hints on Brown’s court nominee

Bob Egelko blogs for the San Francisco Chronicle that, at his meeting last week with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Governor Brown “dropped a few hints” about whom he will appoint to replace retiring Justice Carlos Moreno. The Chief is quoted as saying about Brown that, although he didn’t mention any names, “He’s interested in ethnic diversity, he’s looking at academic professor types and also for someone young who will stay awhile.” (At least one commentator has mentioned Boalt Hall law professor Goodwin Liu, who fits that description.)

The Chief also said that Brown told her to call him if she “ha[s] any ideas.” She and the Governor are apparently at least somewhat on the same page, because she previously said that “geographic and ethnic diversity are important to the court, and ‘it really would be helpful’ if Moreno’s successor shares his heritage and residency.” The Chief was appointed in part because her predecessor, Ronald George, recommended her to Governor Schwarzenegger.

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