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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Emily Chatterjee

July 26, 2011

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA Applauds the Nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu
To The California Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today, California Governor Jerry Brown nominated Professor Goodwin H. Liu to become a Justice of the California Supreme Court. Governor Brown's choice continues his strong belief in diversity. During his first Gubernatorial Administration from 1975 to 1983, Governor Brown appointed the first African American to the California Supreme Court (Justice Wiley Manuel, 1977), the first female and first female Chief Justice to the California Supreme Court (Chief Justice Rose Bird, 1977), the first Hispanic American to the California Supreme Court (Justice Cruz Reynoso, 1982), and the first openly gay judge to any court nationwide (Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Lachs, 1979). Professor Liu is the first Asian Pacific American state high court nomination by Governor Brown.

"Governor Brown once again has demonstrated his commitment to diversity by nominating Professor Liu," stated Paul O. Hirose, president of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. "Professor Liu is an exceptional attorney who is well-respected by lawyers across the country. His intellect and integrity will add to the prestige of the California Supreme Court."

Professor Liu is a tenured professor of law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught since 2003. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and received his law degree from Yale University School of Law. His long list of accolades includes, among other things, service on the Stanford University Board of Trustees and as a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Liu's interest in public service and the law was sparked when he served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives, thanks to the sponsorship of the late Congressman Robert Matsui.

NAPABA applauds Governor Brown for nominating Professor Liu and looks forward to his expeditious confirmation.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 62 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


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