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California Supreme Court nomination A 'statement' To U.S.

Publication Date: 
July 22, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar's nomination to the California Supreme Court by Governor Jerry Brown. 

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.

If confirmed, he will be the court's first Latino justice since 2011 and its first Latino immigrant.


Brown called Cuéllar "a renowned scholar who has served two presidents and made significant contributions to both political science and the law. His vast knowledge and even temperament will, without question, add further luster to our court."


Cuéllar has been a Stanford law professor since 2001, teaching courses in international law and criminal and administrative law, and has directed Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies since 2013.

Cuéllar, a registered Democrat, is married to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of San Jose, an Obama appointee. They have two children.

In a statement, Cuéllar said, "I am enormously honored by Gov. Brown's nomination, and if confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of California on our state's highest court."