Calif. Commission Confirms Liu’s Nomination to State Supreme Court

August 31, 2011

by Jeremy Leaming

Goodwin Liu, the UC Berkeley Law professor, whose nomination to a federal appeals court was scuttled by Republican obstructionism in the U.S. Senate, was today easily confirmed to a spot on the California Supreme Court.

After a little more than an hour of testimony from supporters of Liu’s nomination, the California Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed the nomination. As noted by the San Jose Mercury News, “no individual or group” had asked the Commission to testify against Liu’s nomination.

Following the Commission’s vote, Liu thanked his supporters, and called the confirmation process the most enjoyable and comfortable known to mankind. Liu (pictured) also thanked the commission for its “confidence in me.”

ACS Board Chair Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, applauded Liu’s accomplishment, but knocked the U.S. Senate for its flawed judicial nominations process.

“Goodwin Liu is exceptionally well qualified to serve as a Justice on California’s Supreme Court,” Stone said. “He has a rich record of achievement, including thoughtful and influential legal scholarship and distinguished public service. But for an irresponsible and highly partisan federal judicial nominations process in the U.S. Senate, Goodwin Liu would already be a federal court of appeals judge of extraordinary promise. But, happily, when one door closes another one opens, and there is now plenty to celebrate, with Justice Liu’s much-deserved confirmation to the California Supreme Court.”

ACS Executive Director Caroline Fredrickson said, “Having worked with Goodwin during his tenure as chair of the ACS Board, I can personally attest to his extraordinary leadership capabilities and his deep understanding of complex legal issues, as well as his passionate commitment to the rule of law. Goodwin Liu will be an invaluable asset to California’s high court.”

Gov. Jerry Brown will preside over Liu’s swearing-in ceremony tomorrow at 12 p.m., PDT. The ceremony can be viewed via a live broadcast here.