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Berkeley Law's Goodwin Liu Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court

Goodwin Liu

President Barack Obama has nominated Berkeley Law Associate Dean and Professor of Law Goodwin Liu to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Liu—a renowned expert on constitutional law, education policy, civil rights, and the Supreme Court—says he is “very humbled” by the nomination, and thanks Obama and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer “for their support and confidence in me.”

Liu joined Berkeley Law’s faculty in 2003, and earned tenure and promotion to Associate Dean in 2008. He won the Education Law Association’s Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2007, and UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009—the university’s highest teaching honor—given annually to a handful of professors chosen from more than 1,300 campus faculty members.

Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. describes Liu as “one of the most capable colleagues I’ve had in my three decades in academia,” and says that “his ability to analyze, communicate, and inspire will make him a favorite among litigants and a leader among judges.”

Prior to his arrival at Berkeley Law, Liu was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. Before that, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David S. Tatel; he also served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

If confirmed, Liu would become the Ninth Circuit’s only active Asian American judge. The son of Taiwanese immigrants and a Rhodes Scholar, Liu earned his master’s degree at Oxford and his law degree from Yale. Holly Fujie ’78, immediate past president of the California State Bar, says he “has a breadth of experience that will be an invaluable addition to the Ninth Circuit,” and that she is “excited that this nomination will add diversity to the federal courts of appeal.”

More information about Liu’s nomination is available here.