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Stanford Law professor confirmed as state Supreme Court justice

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar's appointment to be voted on in November

At a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 28, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was confirmed as associate justice of the California Supreme Court by the court's Commission on Judicial Appointments.

The confirmation came after the Stanford Law School professor and Democrat was nominated for the post by Governor Jerry Brown in mid-July. Cuéllar was later rated by the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation; Stanford Law School reported that he received the highest rating possible.

Three former colleagues of Cuéllar, including Stanford Law School dean Larry Kramer, attested to his experience and qualities at the hearing. Cuéllar spoke as well.

"To my mind, judges must be humble yet decisive, committed to integrity, and impartial and fair in every single case," Cuéllar said at the hearing. "If I am fortunate enough to serve on this court, each day will find me working to honor these ideals and earn the public's trust."

Cuéllar's appointment will be voted on in the general election this November, and, if approved, he will begin a 12-year term in January. He would fill the seat left empty by Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter.

In addition to being a Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Cuéllar, 41, also known as "Tino," serves as the director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has also advised President Barack Obama and the White House on a handful of issues, including immigration policy.

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— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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