Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big change or no change?

Next up: the Cantil-Sakauye high court -- that's the title of today's DJ article by GMSR's Kent Richland, which begins:
The California Supreme Court - identified in a 2008 study as the most influential state supreme court in the nation - is in the process of a major transformation. Assuming Gov. Jerry Brown makes an appointment to Justice Joyce Kennard's presently vacant seat in the next few months and the confirmation process takes its normal course, by the beginning of next year a majority of the justices will have come to the court after the 2011 retirement of former Chief Justice Ron George, three justices having been appointed by Brown. When that happens, the state Supreme Court indisputably will have become the Cantil-Sakauye court, not just in name but in composition as well.
What should we expect from this virtually brand new court? Does the change in personnel augur a major change in the court's direction? Should we anticipate a legal revolution, spurred by the presence of (at a minimum) two progressive former law professors on the court? 
The answer - at least on the civil side of the court's docket, and judged by the most recent cases - is probably not. 

The DJ's Top 100 insert also lists a few SoCal lawyers who publicly admit to doing appeals: Ted Boutrous, Elwood Lui, and Jeremy Rosen.