UCLA School of Law lecturer Joshua Groban has been named to a seat on the California Supreme Court.
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment on Nov. 14. In addition to his work for UCLA Law, Groban serves as Brown’s senior adviser on legal policy and judicial appointments. Once he is confirmed by the state’s three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, Groban will fill the vacancy that was created when Justice Kathryn Werdegar retired in 2017.
An expert in white-collar criminal law, civil litigation and appellate law, Groban has taught at UCLA Law since 2014. His popular State Appellate Practice course focuses on the rigors of appellate work through hands-on training with active lawyers and externships with judges who sit on the California Court of Appeal’s Second District.
In a press release issued by the governor’s office, UCLA Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin said that Groban “has been an extremely effective and well-regarded instructor, providing our students with powerful insights into appellate writing, argument and advocacy. Those same talents will be put to superb use in his new role, and I am confident that he will be an exceptional addition to the Court.”
Groban earned his B.A. from Stanford University and J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge William Conner on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Munger, Tolles & Olson. He also served as the legal adviser to Brown’s 2010 campaign for governor.