WASHINGTON — Professor Goodwin Liu was sworn in Thursday as an associate justice of the California Supreme Court after being unanimously confirmed by a three-member panel of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments.
In August, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus sent a letter to the commission supporting Liu’s confirmation.
CAPAC members issued the following statements congratulating Liu.
• Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte): “As chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I applaud Gov. Jerry Brown, the California Commission on Judicial Appointments, and the California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission for their commitment to running a fair and timely selection process in confirming Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. I am pleased to congratulate Goodwin on his well-deserved confirmation. He was an exceptionally accomplished and well qualified nominee, and I know he will make an excellent addition to the court.”
• Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose): “I congratulate Goodwin Liu on his confirmation to the Supreme Court, a move which positions California as a front runner in judicial diversity, an area of critical concern for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, of which I am chair emeritus.
“Goodwin is a personal friend and leader in my home state of California, and I have worked with him for many years, particularly in ensuring access and equity in our education system. Not only has he been a leader in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, he has proven himself in the legal profession as well, with support from renowned legal minds from a diversity of ideological backgrounds. Goodwin is an excellent pick for California and as an acclaimed education and constitutional law scholar, he will undoubtedly add immense value to the court under the leadership of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.”
• Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), CAPAC Healthcare Taskforce chair: “I am pleased that UC Berkeley law Professor Goodwin Liu was confirmed and sworn in as a justice of the California Supreme Court. I know he will make an excellent and impartial judge.”
• Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento): “I am incredibly happy that Goodwin has been confirmed to the California Supreme Court. Goodwin is a renowned legal scholar, an award‐winning teacher, and a respected lawyer with rich experience in both government and private practice. I have personally known Goodwin for a number of years and I know that he has both the temperament and the intellect to be an excellent jurist.
“As Sacramento’s then-representative in Congress, my late husband, Robert T. Matsui, sponsored Goodwin as a congressional page. Goodwin’s experience working in Congress and connection to my husband inspired him to pursue public service and a career in law. Throughout the years, I have gotten to know Goodwin and his family and have seen his dedication to the law, his students, his family, and to our great state. He will make a remarkable Supreme Court justice for our state.”
• Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach): “I congratulate Goodwin Liu on his confirmation to the California Supreme Court. While I was disappointed that Senate Republicans filibustered his nomination for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, I am pleased that the California Supreme Court will be the benefactor of Liu’s experience and distinguished career. I join my fellow colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus in commending Goodwin Liu on his confirmation.”
Liu is a nationally recognized education and constitutional law scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Yale University School of Law. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Liu is the court’s fourth Asian American justice, joining Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, Associate Justice Joyce Kennard and Associate Justice Ming Chin.
CAPAC is made up of Asian Pacific American members of Congress as well as members who represent large APA populations.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Asian Pacific American Bar Association also supported Liu’s confirmation.
“Professor Liu was an exceptional nominee, and he will be an exemplary justice of the California Supreme Court,” stated Paul O. Hirose, president of NAPABA. “We applaud the California Commission on Judicial Appointments and the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission for running a thorough, fair, and timely process.”