APA Leaders, Groups Applaud Liu Nomination

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent nomination of former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court is being praised by Asian Pacific American elected officials and organizations.

• State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance): “I commend Gov. Brown for nominating Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. We attended Stanford together and we lived in the same dorm for two years. Goodwin is a remarkable individual with a remarkable career. His talents, wisdom, and compassion will serve Californians well.”

• Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County): “As chair of the API Legislative Caucus, I applaud Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination of Goodwin Liu for the California Supreme Court. Praised for his personal integrity, intelligence, and professionalism, Mr. Liu brings experience in the legal, public service, and academic fields, making him a well-rounded, multifaceted candidate for the court.

“With California being home to over 5.5 million Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, the appointment of Goodwin Liu will be a historic moment in ensuring APIA representation in our judicial system.”

• Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park): “I commend the governor for nominating Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Mr. Goodwin Liu is a highly respected and qualified constitutional scholar who is uniquely situated to sit on the court based on his experience, which spans from UC Berkeley law professor to Washington appellate court litigator.

“Mr. Liu is respected as one of the brightest legal experts in the nation by both progressives and conservatives alike for his legal expertise. Not only is Mr. Liu regarded as a brilliant legal mind, but his extraordinary journey from growing up as the son of Taiwanese immigrants is seen as an embodiment of the American Dream.

“This is a truly inspiring moment for the Asian American community. I am certain that if confirmed, Mr. Liu will serve his position with the same level of integrity and fairness expected of our justice system.”

• Paul Hirose, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association: “Gov. Brown once again has demonstrated his commitment to diversity by nominating Professor Liu. Professor Liu is an exceptional attorney who is well-respected by lawyers across the country. His intellect and integrity will add to the prestige of the California Supreme Court.”

According to NAPABA, during Brown’s first gubernatorial administration from 1975 to 1983, he appointed the first African American to the California Supreme Court (Wiley Manuel, 1977), the first female and first female chief justice to the California Supreme Court (Rose Bird, 1977), the first Hispanic American to the California Supreme Court (Cruz Reynoso, 1982), and the first openly gay judge to any court nationwide (Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Lachs, 1979). Liu is Brown’s first Asian Pacific American nominee to the California Supreme Court.

• Bryant Yang, co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County’s Judicial and Public Appointments Committee: “APABA was a strong supporter of Professor Liu when he was nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Barack Obama. Although APABA laments the fact that Professor Liu was never confirmed by the U.S. Senate, APABA is grateful that the state’s judiciary will now gain Professor Liu’s intellect, fair-mindedness, and commitment to justice and equality.”

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