UCI Law Graduation Chief Justice Speech (English)

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Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye was sworn into office as Chief Justice of California on January 3, 2011. She is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts.

Born in 1959 in Sacramento, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye attended C. K. McClatchy High School (1977) and Sacramento City College (1978) before receiving her BA from the University of California, Davis, graduating with honors in 1980. She entered the UC Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., School of Law in 1981. After receiving her JD in 1984, she worked as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal offenses. In 1988, she served on the senior staff of Governor Deukmejian as deputy legal affairs secretary and as a deputy legislative secretary.

In 1990, Governor George Deukmejian appointed her to the Sacramento Municipal Court, and in 1997, Governor Pete Wilson elevated her to the Superior Court of Sacramento County, where she presided over both criminal and civil assignments. In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. In 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger nominated her as Chief Justice.

Erwin Chemerinsky
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