Patricia Guerrero made historical past earlier this 12 months when she was the primary Latina confirmed to the California Supreme Court docket and now she’s set to make historical past but once more. California Governor Gavin Newsom nominated Patricia Guerrero to be the state’s subsequent chief justice this previous week and if confirmed she’d be the primary Latina to steer the state’s courtroom system. Guerrero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who earned her juris physician diploma from Stanford. The California courtroom system contains 2,175 judges throughout 58 trial courts and 105 justices on the Courts of Enchantment. Again in February of this 12 months she made historical past as the primary Latina decide for California’s Supreme Court docket so now she may very well be main the entire courtroom system as soon as confirmed.
“Justice Guerrero has established herself as a broadly revered jurist with a formidable mind and command of the legislation and deep dedication to equal justice and public service,” Newsom mentioned in a press launch. “A primary-generation Californian from the Imperial Valley, Justice Guerrero broke boundaries as California’s first Latina Supreme Court docket Justice, enriching our state’s highest courtroom together with her insights and deep understanding of the real-world impacts of the Court docket’s choices within the lives of on a regular basis Californians. I thank Justice Guerrero for her willingness to step into this function and am assured that the individuals of California will proceed to be effectively served by her management for years to return.”
Guerrero was lively within the Latino Legislation College students Affiliation and helped college students on the recruitment and retention heart. Guerrero beforehand did professional bono work, together with as a member of the Advisory Board of the Immigration Justice Undertaking. She assisted purchasers on a professional bono foundation together with asylum purposes and defending households in want by litigating compliance with honest housing legal guidelines.
Not like the U.S. Supreme Court docket, California judges will not be confirmed by the Legislature and don’t get lifetime appointments. Guerrero should first be confirmed by the Fee on Judicial Appointments, consisting of the chief justice, state Legal professional Common Rob Bonta, and Manuel Ramirez, the senior presiding justice of the state Court docket of Enchantment. Afterward, voters will resolve whether or not to provide Guerrero a 12-year time period in November.
Guerrero, 50, would change Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who’s stepping down on the finish of her time period in January. Newsom additionally introduced he deliberate to appoint Alameda Superior Court docket Choose Kelli Evans, who would take Guerrero’s spot as soon as she is elevated to chief justice. That nomination can also be historic with Evans being the primary lesbian nominated to California’s Supreme Court docket.
“If confirmed, I stay up for persevering with the strides the Court docket has made underneath Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to increase equal entry to justice and create a fairer justice system for all Californians,” Guerrero mentioned in a information launch.