Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye gave the keynote address at a 2022 Law Day event at Cal State Monterey Bay. Video here.

During her speech, the Chief Justice asserted that “enemies of the constitution,” which she and other public officials take an oath to protect and defend against, “can be laws that are unconstitutional, it can be oppression of people, it can be bias, it can be discrimination, it can be the elimination of rights.” The speech came before this week’s leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overrule precedent recognizing a constitutional right to an abortion.

Pointing out that she is “the first non-white person” to be California’s chief justice, Cantil-Sakauye praised the constitution as “a living thing,” despite having originally been “written for propertied white men.” The Chief Justice further told the audience that California’s constitution “protects you even more” than the U.S. constitution.