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.READ MORE: 'Can't Let Fear Stop Me': Cruise Ship Passenger Plans Travel As State Reopens
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.READ MORE: City Hall Hire Skyler Henry Prompts Unusual Promise Of No Threat To Colleagues Safety
Cuellar has taught administrative law, criminal law and international law, among other subjects. He also served as an adviser in the Obama White House.MORE NEWS: $150 Million Question: How Should Sacramento County Spend Federal Relief Money?
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