Friday June 10, 2022
9:00am to 4:15pm
Broadcast live from the California Supreme Court conference center.
9:00 – 9:55 Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye keynote. A discussion on the pandemic’s effects on the judicial branch, the Judicial Council’s efforts to continue providing access to justice, and the successes and lessons of remote appearances that should continue to improve courthouse availability. We will discuss how the pandemic’s lessons about conducting government remotely can improve civic engagement and access to the governing process.
10:00 – 10:55 David Ettinger and David A. Carrillo will review the court’s major decisions in 2020 and 2021.
11:00 – 12:00 Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton will discuss his book 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law and views on state constitutions, federalism, and securing protections for individual liberty by focusing on state constitutions.
— One-hour break —
1:00 – 1:45 A conversation with Justice Patricia Guerrero to welcome her to the court and introduce her to the court’s constituents.
1:50 – 2:35 Justices Carol Corrigan, Martin Jenkins, and Patricia Guerrero will review and discuss with Judge Danny Y. Chou their respective experiences on the Court of Appeal and SCOCA, and contrast the dockets and case-deciding procedures of the two courts.
2:40 – 3:25 A conversation between Justice Joshua Groban and Judge Danny Y. Chou about transitioning from working in the governor’s office to the judiciary, comparing government process in the executive versus the judiciary, and questions about how successful the judicial selection process is in general, and specifically regarding increasing diversity.
3:30 – 4:15 Justice Leondra Kruger will overview the court’s consensus process, highlighting the differences between SCOTUS and SCOCA, and comparing the two courts on polarization, partisan voting behavior, and consensus rates.
The California Constitution Center presents its conference on the California Supreme Court, in partnership with: Institute of Governmental Studies, Citrin Center, Bar Association of San Francisco, Alameda County Bar Association, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Hastings Law Journal, Santa Clara Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, San Diego Law Review, California Law Review, Chapman Law Review, and Berkeley Law’s Public Law & Policy center. This free event is eligible for six hours of MCLE credit.