From the Stanford Lawyer:
By Sharon Driscoll | October 28, 2011 | Issue 85
It was a busy day for Justice Carlos R. Moreno, and his schedule was packed with meetings. But instead of tending to business on California’s Supreme Court, as he had for the last decade serving as an associate justice, he was interviewing students at Stanford Law School for summer firm positions. The interviews were going well. “The students were overwhelmingly smart, poised, accomplished, and interested in broader issues outside the practice of law—and socially conscious,” says Moreno, JD ’75, now Of Counsel at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles. Moreno’s decision to retire from the bench last spring took most court watchers by surprise (he’d just won election to another 12-year term). But for Moreno, the timing was right. “I wanted to leave while I was still intellectually curious, still willing to make a change, still young enough to make a valuable contribution to the private practice of law and to enjoy the benefits of being in private practice,” he says. Moreno has certainly given a fair share of his time to public service, with a legal career both traditional and extraordinary. Yet for all of his accomplishments, the road to this successful career in law had many challenges.