Legal Luminaries to Attend Forum on Supreme Court of California

ATTENTION: government, legal, political, and court reporters

Contact: Susan Gluss,; 510-642-6936


A one-day conference on the Supreme Court of California. Participants will explore not only substantive legal issues, but also the court’s institutional challenges. Read a preview story here.

Conference highlights include a morning salon-style conversation with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on the court’s budget, and an afternoon talk with Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar ‘62. In-depth panel discussions will cover major recent state high court decisions; the impact of capital cases on its docket; and practice and procedure at the court.

Friday, Oct. 4, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
Logistics here.

Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California;
Kathryn M. Werdegar ’62, Associate Justice Supreme Court of California;
Ronald Matthias, Sr. Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice;
Gary Simms, Certified Appellate Specialist; former staff attorney, Supreme Court of California;
Jesse Choper, Law Professor, Berkeley Law;
David Carrillo, Executive Director, California Constitution Center.

A full agenda with complete list of speakers is here.

The conference will provide a unique forum for judges, government officials, scholars, and practitioners to discuss the work of the state’s highest court and to consider solutions to the challenges the state judiciary faces.
The overwhelming majority of all judicial decisions in the nation are made in state courts, yet the state judiciary has not received the same intense study as the federal system.  California is the nation’s most populous state, with one of the largest economies in the world, and its courts are often first to decide issues of national importance. 
In addition to the Oct. 4 conference, the California Constitution Center is coordinating a special oral argument session of the Court at Berkeley Law on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  

SOURCES: For information about the event, or to register (free for news reporters), contact David Grady at (510) 642-3702, or