SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court.

Brown on Tuesday nominated 41-year-old Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to be an associate justice of the state’s highest court. If approved, the registered Democrat would fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Marvin Baxter, a reliably conservative member of the court, in January.

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This is Brown’s second nomination since returning to the governor’s office. In 2011, he filled a vacancy by appointing University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court after Senate Republicans blocked his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Cuellar has taught administrative law, criminal law and international law, among other subjects. He also served as an adviser in the Obama White House.

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