A first-generation Latina could become the next California Chief Justice, the first Latina to potentially fulfill that role.
The Governor announced his nomination recently for the current Supreme Court Associate after Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is expected to conclude her term early next year.
Patricia Guerrero has already made history in the past by becoming the first Latina to serve in California's Supreme Court. And if confirmed, she could become the first Latina to serve as Chief Justice in California.
In a press release by Governor Newsom, he describes Guerrero as a respected jurist committed to the judicial system and public service.
“Justice Guerrero has established herself as a widely respected jurist with a formidable intellect and command of the law and deep commitment to equal justice and public service,” Newsom said in a press release. “A first-generation Californian from the Imperial Valley, Justice Guerrero broke barriers as California’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice, enriching our state’s highest court with her insights and deep understanding of the real-world impacts of the Court’s decisions in the lives of everyday Californians. I thank Justice Guerrero for her willingness to step into this role and am confident that the people of California will continue to be well served by her leadership for years to come.”
Justice Guerrero was sworn into her current position earlier this year by Governor Newsom. She says she's honored by the Governor's trust in her judicial profile and overall qualifications.
“I am humbled by this nomination to lead our state’s Supreme Court and thank the Governor for entrusting me with this honor,” said Justice Guerrero. “If confirmed, I look forward to continuing the strides the Court has made under Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to expand equal access to justice and create a fairer justice system for all Californians.”
If she does get sworn in as Chief Justice, Guerrero says she will continue to fight for a fairer judicial system for all residents of the state of California.
“If confirmed, I look forward to continuing the strides the Court has made under Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to expand equal access to justice and create a fairer justice system for all Californians,” Guerrero stated.