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, 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.
Prior to joining the court, Goodwin Liu served as a member of the Berkeley Law faculty, focusing his teaching and research on constitutional law, education policy, civil rights, and the Supreme Court. Liu also served as Associate Dean from 2008 to 2010.
Before teaching at Berkeley Law, Professor Liu was an appellate litigator at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also served as special assistant to the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and as senior program officer for higher education at the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps).
Professor Liu’s scholarship includes “Keeping Faith with the Constitution” (2009) (with Pamela S. Karlan and Christopher H. Schroeder); “Rethinking Constitutional Welfare Rights” in Stanford Law Review (2008); “History Will Be Heard: An Appraisal of the Seattle/Louisville Decision” in Harvard Law & Policy Review (2008); “Improving Title I Funding Equity Across States, Districts, and Schools,” in Iowa Law Review (2008); “Seattle and Louisville” in California Law Review (2007); “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship” in Yale Law Journal (2006); and “Interstate Inequality in Educational Opportunity” in New York University Law Review (2006). In 2007, his work won the Education Law Association’s Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. In 2009, Professor Liu won the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious award for excellence in teaching.
Professor Liu, a Rhodes Scholar, has served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and on the boards of the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2008 and presently serves on the ALI Council. He is also a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice.
B.S., Stanford University (1991)
M.A., Oxford University (1993)
J.D., Yale Law School (1998)