Patricia Guerrero sworn in as 1st Latina Justice of California Supreme Court

Justice Patricia Guerrero was sworn in as the first Latina justice on the California Supreme Court on Monday. Read in españolGov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in on his grandfather’s Bible in a ceremony at Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento. Newsom said her nomination was about “meritocracy” and that she was “top of her class”. | VIDEO BELOW | Governor Gavin Newsom swears in Justice Patricia Guerrero at the California Supreme Court Search. She said she “did not get here alone” and cited the courage, sacrifices and struggles of her parents and grandparents. They came to the United States in pursuit of the American dream, she said. “I am deeply honored and touched by this historic appointment,” Guerrero said. Guerrero, 50, of San Diego, grew up in Imperial’s agricultural valley and has worked as a federal prosecutor, law firm partner, Superior Court judge, and most recently as a judge on the Court appeal of the 4th district. The seven members The Supreme Court of California is now composed of four judges appointed by the Democrats and two by the Republicans. Newsom has made diversity on the bench a priority. In 2020, he appointed the first openly gay judge, Martin Jenkins, who is the third black person to serve on the court. Guerrero’s grandfather came to the United States from the Mexican state of Sonora and obtained residency through a sponsor, she said. When his father arrived, he first worked picking crops. Her mother, who recently died of breast cancer, stressed the importance of reading and education and said there were no limits to what her children could achieve. Guerrero worked at a grocery store as a teenager and was valedictorian at his high school. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Guerrero has written opinions protecting the rights of consumers and individuals while respecting the constitutional rights of defendants. Despite the growing influence of Latinos, who are the largest racial or ethnic group of California’s nearly 40 million people, no Latina has served in statewide constitutional office. or as a U.S. senator, said Sonja Diaz, founding director of UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. Latinas sit in the high courts of Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York and Texas, Diaz said. “Latinas make up nearly 20 percent of California’s population, but we are underrepresented in almost every sector, including the California justice system,” said Senator María Elena Durazo, chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. When Latinas are absent from this vital branch of government, our experiences and perspectives are excluded, and it ripples through our communities in so many other ways.” Retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, noted that Guerrero would also bring some geographic diversity to the search. The Imperial Valley, an impoverished agricultural region that borders Mexico and Arizona is an often overlooked part of the state.” With his vast experience handling complex litigation , intellectual rigor and commitment to fairness and equality, Judge Guerrero is well equipped to navigate the most complex legal issues. plexes of our justice system and will be a great addition to our state’s highest court,” Moreno said. Guerrero will receive a salary of $274,000.– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Justice Patricia Guerrero was sworn in as the first Latina justice on the California Supreme Court on Monday.

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Governor Gavin Newsom was sworn in on his grandfather’s Bible during a ceremony at Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento.

Newsom said her nomination was about “meritocracy” and that she was “top of her class”.

| VIDEO BELOW | Governor Gavin Newsom swears in Justice Patricia Guerrero at California Supreme Court

Guerrero, who was unanimously confirmed by the Judicial Appointments Commission last week, said she ‘never dreamed’ growing up that she would be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California. .

She said she “did not get here alone” and cited the courage, sacrifices and struggles of her parents and grandparents. They came to the United States in pursuit of the American dream, she said.

“I am deeply honored and touched by this historic appointment,” Guerrero said.

Guerrero, 50, of San Diego, grew up in Imperial’s agricultural valley and has worked as a federal prosecutor, law firm partner, Superior Court judge, and most recently as a US Court judge. appeal of the 4th district.

California’s seven-member Supreme Court now has four Democratic-appointed justices and two Republican-appointed.

Newsom has made diversity on the bench a priority. In 2020, he appointed the first openly gay judge, Martin Jenkins, who is the third black person to serve on the court.

Guerrero’s grandfather came to the United States from the Mexican state of Sonora and obtained residency through a sponsor, she said. When his father arrived, he first worked picking crops. Her mother, who recently died of breast cancer, stressed the importance of reading and education and said there were no limits to what her children could achieve.

Guerrero worked at a grocery store as a teenager and was valedictorian at his high school. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford Law School.

Guerrero has written opinions protecting the rights of consumers and individuals while respecting the constitutional rights of defendants.

Despite the growing influence of Latinos, who are the largest racial or ethnic group of California’s nearly 40 million people, no Latina has served in statewide constitutional office or as a U.S. senator, said Sonja Diaz, founding director of Latino Policy and Politics at UCLA. Initiative.

Latinas sit in the high courts of Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York and Texas, Diaz said.

“Latinas make up nearly 20 percent of California’s population, yet we are underrepresented in almost every sector, including the California justice system,” said Senator María Elena Durazo, chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “When Latinas are absent from this vital branch of government, our experiences and perspectives are excluded, and it ripples through our communities in so many other ways.”

Retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno noted that Guerrero would also bring some geographic diversity to the court. The Imperial Valley, a poor agricultural region that borders Mexico and Arizona, is an often overlooked part of the state.

“With her extensive experience handling complex litigation, her intellectual rigor, and her commitment to fairness and equality, Justice Guerrero is well equipped to navigate the most complex legal issues in our justice system and will be a great addition to our state’s highest court,” Moreno said. noted.

Guerrero will receive a salary of $274,000.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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