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A Statement Pick For The Court

Publication Date: 
July 24, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is noted in this San Francisco Chronicle article by Bob Egelko for his recent nomination to the California Supreme Court and why the timing of the nomination couldn't be better. 

In choosing a state Supreme Court judge, Gov. Jerry Brown is sending important messages. He wants a young nominee who can write opinions for decades, he favors brainy liberal academics and Brown wants to make an inclusive statement on the stormy topic of immigration.

His choice of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar hits all of these judicial and political marks. The nominee has a glittering educational and work resume, most recently serving as a law professor and academic thinker at Stanford. Cuéllar, who is 41, has wide knowledge of key areas the court will probably face: educational policy, government rules and constitutional issues.


The appointment has unmistakable timing, and that’s all to the good. A wave of immigrant bashing, spawned by nearly 60,000 young Central Americans seized at the border, is now met with a reminder of what immigration is all about.