Stanford Law Professor Nominated to California Supreme Court - NBC Bay Area

Stanford Law Professor Nominated to California Supreme Court

Mexican-born Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is Jerry Brown's pick for high court.



    Stanford Law Professor Nominated to California Supreme Court
    This undated photo provided by the Governor's Office on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shows Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar. On Tuesday Cuellar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to be an associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Cuellar, a Democrat who was born in Mexico, would fill a vacancy by the retirement of conservative Justice Marvin Baxter in January. This is Brown's second nomination since returning to the governor's office.

    Another Supreme Court vacancy, another Bay Area-based law professor to fill it.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to serve on the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar would replace retiring Marvin Baxter, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    A native of Mexico who grew up in border territory -- crossing the then-imaginary line, in pre-fence days, in order to attend school in the United States -- and in California's Imperial Valley, Cuéllar served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, where he advised the president on immigration issues, the newspaper reported.

    Before Cuéllar, Brown named then-UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the state's high court. If Cuéllar is confirmed, he and Liu would be the only Democrats on a court stocked with "Republican appointees," the newspaper reported.

    Cuéllar would also be the court's sole Latino, after Carlos Moreno's retirement in 2011.

    He's taught at Stanford since 2001, and has degrees from Harvard and Yale. He's also married to a federal judge, the newspaper reported.

    Voters could approve his appointment at the Nov. 4 ballot.

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