April 25, 2016 – The Honorable Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, will deliver the Commencement address at UCLA School of Law’s 65th Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13th in Dickson Court North on the UCLA campus.
Justice Liu was appointed to the state’s high court by Governor Edmund G. Brown in July, 2011.
Before joining the court, he was professor of law and former associate dean at UC Berkeley School of Law. He received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching.
Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during October, 2000. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. Upon returning to the United States, he went to Washington D.C., to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.
Justice Liu serves on the California Access to Justice Commission, the governing board of the American Law Institute, the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation.
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