A sampling of articles about yesterday’s appointment of Leondra Kruger to the Supreme Court:

Emily Green in the Daily Journal [subscription] calls Governor Brown’s choice of a third young progressive the extension of “a generational and ideological transformation of the state Supreme Court.”  The article also notes that, according to Professor Gerald Uelmen, Kruger will be the second youngest justice ever on the court, after a 26-year-old named in 1851.  She gets high marks from former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal who is quoted as calling her “as good a lawyer with whom I have ever worked in my life.”

Cheryl Miller in The Recorder [subscription] reports in “Another Pick for Cal Supremes With Eye-Catching Credentials, No Judicial Seasoning.”

Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times quotes Professor Uelmen as calling the appointment a “mind blower.”  The article says, “Those who know Kruger’s work in Washington predicted she would add luster and bring greater renown to California’s highest court.”  Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement says Kruger is an “outstanding lawyer” and “even better colleague” who “combines an understated and easygoing manner with a keen legal mind and unquestioned integrity.”

Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle:  “Brown nominee to state high court is fast-rising legal star.”  Saying that “the seating of Brown’s latest appointees seems likely to move its center of gravity leftward,” the article identifies Justice Kathryn Werdegar as “the swing vote in close cases” once Kruger and Justice-elect Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar join the court.  The article also reports another justice — besides the one in 1851 — as having been younger than Kruger:  “37-year-old Terry Ward was chosen by the voters to serve the last month of a retiring justice’s term in 1922.”

David Siders in the Sacramento Bee:  “Gov. Jerry Brown names Obama administration lawyer to California Supreme Court.”  The governor is “continuing to recast the high court with Democratic appointees from outside the judiciary,” the article states.