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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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


Contact: Emily Chatterjee

August 31, 2011

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA Applauds the Confirmation of Goodwin Liu
as Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today, the three-member panel of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Professor Goodwin H. Liu's nomination to the California Supreme Court. He will be sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California tomorrow in Sacramento by Governor Jerry Brown. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association congratulates Professor Liu on his confirmation.

"Professor Liu was an exceptional nominee, and he will be an exemplary justice of the California Supreme Court," stated Paul O. Hirose, president of NAPABA. "We applaud the California Commission on Judicial Appointments and the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission for running a thorough, fair, and timely process."

Professor Liu is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of education and constitutional law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he has taught since 2003. He was born in Augusta, Georgia, where his parents were living as doctors recruited from Taiwan to work in underserved areas. 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. 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 is proud to have supported Professor Liu's nomination and looks forward to his tenure on the California Supreme Court. NAPABA thanks Governor Brown's for nominating Professor Liu, who is his first Asian Pacific American state high court nominee.


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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