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Stanford's Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Tapped For California Supreme Court

Publication Date: 
July 22, 2014
Stanford Report
Clifton B. Parker

Dean Elizabeth Magill weighs in on Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar's nomination to the California Supreme Court for The Stanford Report. 

Stanford's Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday to serve as an associate justice on the California Supreme Court.

A member of the Stanford faculty since 2001, Cuéllar, widely known as "Tino," has worked in two presidential administrations and has a significant track record in public service.


Cuéllar, in the Office of the Governor's announcement, 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."


M. Elizabeth Magill, the dean of the Stanford Law School and the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law, said, "The governor has made a brilliant choice in nominating Tino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court. We have been honored to call Tino a member of our faculty for over a decade."

She added that beyond his many accomplishments as a lawyer, academic and policy maker, Cuéllar is "fair-minded and deeply committed to equal justice under the law. Although we are sad to see him go, this is a great day for California and the nation because a talented and compassionate individual will be serving the public as a member of the California Supreme Court."


About his role at FSI, Cuéllar said, "I have been privileged to lead this extraordinary institute, and to have worked with our faculty to strengthen our research capacity in our core areas of governance, security, international development and international health."

This year, he said, the institute launched the International Policy Implementation Lab to engage faculty in real-world problems of global health, security and governance, and partnered with the Graduate School of Business to start the Stanford-wide Global Development and Poverty Initiative. Both programs have expanded FSI's research impacts and campus partnerships, he added. Cuéllar is also proud of helping to provide new opportunities for Stanford students to do research abroad in places like India and Brazil through the Stanford Global Student Fellows program and partnerships with the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

"Our work in global development, nuclear security, and cybersecurity has also benefited from our progress this year in raising funds to support faculty, hiring key personnel and engaging more of the Stanford campus," he said.