McGeorge School of Law

California's Chief Justice Speaks To Students

April 25, 2011

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

The California Supreme Court's new leader, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, spoke to students at McGeorge on April 21, 2011.

The chief justice discussed several issues with students from three of Professor Fred Galves' classes, Civil Procedure, Evidence and Computer-Assisted Litigation, in attendance. She spoke on litigation, court management, technology in the practice of law and other policy issues facing the high court. Attendees were also able to engage her in an informal Q&A session and one-on-one conversations about the future of legal practice.

Cantil-Sakauye is the state's 28th chief justice and the second female to hold that office. A native of Sacramento, she served on county Municipal and Superior courts until being appointed to the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in 2005. After former Chief Justice Ronald George announced his pending retirement last year, she was the choice of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him. Cantil-Sakauye was sworn in on January 3, 2011.

As a member of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court based on the law school campus, the chief justice is a frequent visitor to McGeorge. She will speak to legal writing directors from across the country at an on-campus conference here in June.