Justice Goodwin Liu
Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was confirmed to office by a unanimous vote of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 31, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on July 26, 2011. The Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Liu in a public ceremony in Sacramento, California on September 1, 2011.
Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published widely on these subjects in books, law reviews, and the general media.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a masters degree in philosophy and physiology. Upon returning to the United States, he went to Washington D.C. to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.
Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters.
Justice Liu is a prolific and influential scholar. He has published articles on constitutional law and education policy in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. His 2006 article, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship,” won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, conferred by the Education Law Association. Justice Liu is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure at Boalt Hall in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Dean. The Boalt Hall Class of 2009 selected him as the faculty commencement speaker.
Justice Liu serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation. In 2008, he was elected to the American Law Institute. He has also served as a faculty advisor to the California College Prep Academy, a public charter school co-founded by UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools.
Justice Liu is married to Ann O’Leary, Director of the Children and Families Program at the Center for the Next Generation. They have two children.
Position: Associate Justice
Born: Monday, October 19, 1970
Law School: Yale Law School
Magness v. Super. Ct.
Citation: 54 Cal. 4th 270, 278 P.3d 259, 142 Cal. Rptr. 3d 268
Decided: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Dicon Fiberoptics v. Franchise Tax Bd.
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1227, 274 P.3d 446, 139 Cal. Rptr. 3d 825
Decided: Thursday, April 26, 2012
In re Lucas
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 839, 269 P.3d 1160, 137 Cal. Rptr. 3d 595
Decided: Monday, March 5, 2012
Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc.
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1244, 274 P.3d 1160, 140 Cal. Rptr. 3d 173
Decided: Monday, April 30, 2012
United Teachers etc. v. L.A. Unified School Dist.
Citation: 54 Cal. 4th 504, 278 P.3d 1204, 142 Cal. Rptr. 3d 850
Decided: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Recent Concurring Opinions
Ralphs Grocery v. UFCW Local 8
Citation: 55 Cal.4th 1083.
Decided: Thursday, December 27, 2012
People v. Jones
Citation: 54 Cal. 4th 350, 278 P.3d 821, 142 Cal. Rptr. 3d 561
Decided: Thursday, June 21, 2012
People v. Cornett
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1261, 274 P.3d 456, 139 Cal. Rptr. 3d 837
Decided: Monday, April 30, 2012
Maldonado v. Super. Ct.
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1112, 274 P.3d 1110, 140 Cal. Rptr. 3d 113
Decided: Monday, April 23, 2012
People v. Cravens
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 500, 267 P.3d 1113, 136 Cal. Rptr. 3d 40
Decided: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Recent Dissenting Opinions
State Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council v. City of Vista
Citation: 54 Cal. 4th 547, 279 P.3d 1022, 143 Cal. Rptr. 3d 529
Decided: Monday, July 2, 2012
Quarry v. Doe I
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 945, 272 P.3d 977, 139 Cal. Rptr. 3d 3
Decided: Thursday, March 29, 2012