Breaking news: Gov. Jerry Brown has named Stanford professor Tino Cuellar to the state Supreme Court. Cuellar, a Mexican immigrant, will replace Justice Marvin Baxter who retires at the end of the year. Brown did not fill the already vacant seat of Justice Joyce Kennard.
Cuellar is the Director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Institute, the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science. Cuéllar’s research and teaching focus on administrative law and governance, public organizations, and transnational security. A member of the Stanford faculty since 2001, he has worked in two presidential administrations and served as Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for International Security.
After graduating from Calexico High School in California’s Imperial Valley, he received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford. He clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations and Cooperation, and has an extensive record of involvement in public service.
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