Calif. High Court Nominee Could Raise Profile Of Bench

Law360, San Diego (August 29, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT) -- California Supreme Court nominee and Stanford Law School professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, who was confirmed by a state commission Thursday, exemplifies Gov. Jerry Brown’s interest in selecting candidates who are thought leaders with backgrounds that extend beyond the court system and who may further efforts by the bench to become a dominant voice in courtrooms across the nation, attorneys say.

Cuellar won unanimous confirmation as an associate justice for the state’s top court on Thursday in a hearing before the state’s judicial appointments commission. If approved by...
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