When it comes to Supreme Court nominations, Jerry Brown has a type
Governor Brown indicates his criteria for potential Supreme Court justice nominees:
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Brown brought up the subject during a two-hour conversation in San Francisco on Friday and suggested his appointee would be relatively young, quite possibly a minority and not necessarily a current judge.
“He’s interested in ethnic diversity, he’s looking at academic professor types and also for someone young who will stay awhile,” Cantil-Sakauye said Wednesday in recounting the discussion.
This might sound familiar. Chief Justice Rose Bird, Brown’s most controversial appointee from his first term as governor, had no prior experience as a judge. In fact, she had been admitted to the California State Bar just 10 years prior, only barely eligible under the state’s present constitutional 10-year membership requirement. Cal. Const. art. VI, § 15. Bird was also “relatively young”—only 40 years old when appointed Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1977. And she was a “professor type,” having taught at Stanford Law School from ‘72 to ‘74.