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Calif. Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to Speak at U of M Law School

April 9, 2012

The Law School’s American Constitution Society student chapter and Professor Richard W. Painter are proud to announce a presentation by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu from 12:15-1:20 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Lockhart Hall (Room 25) of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The talk is entitled “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Good Samaritan” and will include a question-and-answer session.

Justice Liu was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals but was filibustered during the Senate nomination process in May 2011. Shortly thereafter, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed him to the California Supreme Court. Justice Liu was confirmed unanimously by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments and began his 12-year term on the Supreme Court of California on Sept. 1, 2011. Previously, Justice Liu was a professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where his primary areas of expertise included constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Stanford University, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a master’s degree in philosophy and physiology. He completed his law degree at Yale Law School, then clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Liu’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, and the Federal Bar Association. The event is open to the public, and all Twin Cities judges and lawyers are encouraged to attend.

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