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California Supreme Court Watch: Schwarzenegger Names Carol A. Corrigan to High Court

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State appeals court judge Carol Corrigan smiles in her San Francisco office Sept. 15, 2005. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Corrigan to the California Supreme Court on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, deciding on a moderate Republican and former prosecutor to fill the post of conservative jurist Janice Rogers Brown. Corrigan, 57, an associate justice on the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, succeeds Brown, who resigned in June after the U.S. Senate confirmed her to the federal appeals court in Washington.

The ASSociated Press has Schwarzenegger names San Francisco appellate judge to high court

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated San Francisco appellate judge Carol Corrigan to the California Supreme Court on Friday, deciding on a moderate Republican and former prosecutor to fill the post of conservative jurist Janice Rogers Brown.

“This is the best of the best that we have in the state,” Schwarzenegger said during a Capitol news conference called to introduce her.

Corrigan, 57, an associate justice on the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, succeeds Brown, who resigned in June after the U.S. Senate confirmed her to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Brown was the only black on the seven-member court, prompting speculation that Schwarzenegger would name another black to maintain the court’s ethnic balance. He also was said to have closely considered Vance Raye, a black Republican sitting on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. Corrigan is white.

Schwarzenegger said his only concern in naming a successor was finding the most qualified person and making a decision that “was best for California.” He praised Corrigan as being someone of “unimpeachable character.”

Judge Corrigan has impressive credentials:

Judicial and Professional Positions: Associate Justice, 1994 – Present (Appointed 1994; confirmed by voters, 1994). Judge, Alameda County Superior Court 1991-1994 (Appointed 1991; elected by voters. 1992). Judge, Oakland, Emeryville Piedmont Judicial District 1987-1991 (Appointed, 1987; elected by voters, 1988). Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County 1985-1987; Deputy District Attorney, same county, 1975-1985.

Professional Activities: California Judicial Council, 1997-present. Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, 1997-present (Chair). Commission on Future of California’s Courts 1991-1994. Center for Judicial Education & Research, Governing Board, 1994-1997. President’s Commission on Organized Crime, 1983-1986. Special Consultant, President’s Task Force on Victims of Violent Crime, 1982. Adjunct Professor of Law: U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1984-1987, 1990-1994; U.C. Hastings College of Law, 1981-1987, 1989; University of San Francisco School of Law, 1988-1990; University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1981. Faculty: California Judicial College, 1988-present; Continuing Judicial Studies Programs, 1989-present; National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1981-present (Distinguished Faculty Award, 1997).

Community Involvement: Board of Directors: Holy Names College 1988-present (Chair, 1990-present); Saint Vincent’s Day Home, 1982-present (Chair, 1991-present); Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, 1985-1989.

Education: B.A., magna cum laude, Holy Names College, 1970 (Student Body President, Founder’s Medal). J.D., Univ. of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1975 (Law Journal, Note and Comment Editor). Doctoral program, Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis University, 1970-1972.

Personal: Born: August 16, 1948, Stockton, California.

Corrigan spoke briefly, saying the cornerstone of her judicial philosophy is that “the law doesn’t belong to judges, it belongs to people.”

At the news conference Friday, she said her nomination was a tremendous honor and thanked Schwarzenegger for the consideration.

“I will do my very best to live up that expression of your confidence,” she said.

Notable opinions:

People v. Ray, 64 Cal.App.4th 868,

Vorse v. Sarasy, 53 Cal.App.4th 998,

Rivero v. Superior Court, 54 Cal.App.4th 1048

Flap handicaps an easy confirmation for Judge Corrigan.

This is a “SAFE” Republican pick for the Governor.

Stay tuned……..

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California Supreme Court Watch: Concerns with Justice Vance Raye

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The Los Angeles Times has Lockyer Has ‘Concern’ on Possible High Court Pick.

A spokesman says the attorney general has reservations about rulings made by 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye.

California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, one of three members of a judicial confirmation panel, has expressed “concern” about the legal rulings of one of two candidates Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering for an open slot on the California Supreme Court, Lockyer’s spokesman said Thursday.

Nathan Barankin, the spokesman, said Lockyer had not made up his mind on whether to oppose 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Vance Raye if the governor nominates him for the state’s highest court.

But “there are some [court] opinions that have given him concern,” Barankin said.

Among the legal decisions that trouble Lockyer was a ruling this year in which Raye joined two other appellate justices in deciding that Home Depot was not liable for creating a hostile work environment at two stores in the Sacramento area.

An African American former employee said white managers and employees at the stores hurled racial epithets and insults at black workers. The court panel, in Hollingsworth vs. Home Depot, said there was insufficient evidence to back up the claims.

Bill Lockyer is being the turd in the punch bowl again – just like in the Proposition 77 case.

Barankin was responding to a report in The Recorder, a legal newspaper, about a meeting Lockyer had with Alameda County lawyers a few weeks ago in which he expressed strong reservations about Raye. Despite that meeting, Barankin said Thursday that Lockyer has “not taken a position on Vance Raye.

No position?

A lawyer who heard Lockyer speak at the Sept. 16 meeting of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club said the attorney general told the group that he would strongly oppose Raye’s nomination and he sought suggestions for other potential candidates for the state high court.

“He was adamantly against Raye,” said the lawyer, who asked not to be identified, in an interview Thursday.

Someone has to remind Lockyer that he is not the Governor and thankfully never will be.

Flap handicaps that Governor Schwarzenegger will submit another nominee to replace Judge England and then the Governor will have to choose to fight, or switch to Judge Corrigan or another.

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California Supreme Court Watch: Judge Morrison England has Withdrawn

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The Sacramento Bee has Potential court bid withdrawn.

U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England of Sacramento has withdrawn his name as a possible appointee to the California Supreme Court, his office confirmed Monday.

England, 50, was one of three names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently sent to the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees for review as possible replacements for Janice Rogers Brown. She was named to a federal appeals court by President Bush.

This leaves two names which California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has submitted to the California State Bar for vetting.

Carol Corrigan of San Francisco.

Vance Raye of Sacramento.

Once the names are vetted by the State Bar commission, Schwarzenegger will have 90 days to choose one of the judges. He could also add one or more names before making a final decision.

The choice must ultimately be confirmed by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments, which consists of state Chief Justice Ronald George, Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Joan Dempsey Klein of Los Angeles, the state’s senior presiding appeals court justice.

It certainly is difficult to give up that lifetime appointment as a federal judge.

Flap handicaps a third pick to be submitted for vetting within a few days.

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California Supreme Court Watch: Schwarzenegger Submits Three Names

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The ASSociated Press has Gov. Schwarzenegger submits three names for Supreme Court seat.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent the names of three candidates for his first appointment to the California Supreme Court to a State Bar commission that screens judicial nominees, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.

The three candidates include two state appeals court justices – Carol Corrigan of San Francisco and Vance Raye of Sacramento – and U.S. District Judge Morrison England of Sacramento, according the Chronicle, which cited an unidentified source who insisted on anonymity because the governor has not made the names public.

The candidate would replace Justice Janice Rogers Brown, who resigned in June after the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination to a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Brown was the most conservative member of the California Supreme Court, which now has a 5-1 majority of Republican appointees.

The list of three nominees, all appointed by Republicans, indicates that Schwarzenegger wants to pick a woman or minority to succeed Brown, the only black woman in the court’s history. Corrigan is a woman, and Raye and England are black men.

So….. here they are….

Carol Corrigan of San Francisco.

Vance Raye of Sacramento.


Morrison England of Sacramento.

All noteworthy judges.

Let the vetting process begin.

Stay Tuned.

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