Wednesday, March 3, 2021

DJ profiles 1/1's Justice Sanchez

Today's DJ profile is Responsive Reasoning: Justice Gabriel Sanchez adjusts his tentatives after oral argument.

  • Since he took the bench in Division One of the 1st District Court of Appeal in 2018, Justice Gabriel P. Sanchez said some of the most challenging cases he's heard have come in the context of juvenile dependency law. Sanchez had no prior experience in the area, having previously been Gov. Jerry Brown's deputy legal affairs secretary on criminal justice issues and, before that, a deputy attorney general and an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Also, he said in a recent interview over Zoom, the work is "heartbreaking."
  • Sanchez, who ... grew up visiting his father in Mexico, attended Yale University, graduating with a double major in political science and international studies in 1998; received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Argentina for a year; and earned a master's degree in European studies from the University of Cambridge. Then, he went to Yale Law School.
  • When he graduated, Sanchez clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Richard A. Paez. In 2006, he joined Munger Tolles, where he worked on complex civil litigation.
  • Division 1 Presiding Justice Jim Humes, who worked with Sanchez in the governor's office for a time [said]: "The Court of Appeal should be filled with people who have trial experience and people who do not," he said. "Gabe is a great example of that. He's had a bird's eye view of how the sausage is made in Sacramento, and that can be very helpful."
  • Attorneys who appear before Sanchez said the justice's opinions stand out in part because they acknowledge -- and substantively respond to -- points made during oral argument. ... Sanchez said he views oral argument as a chance "to test my own views against those of counsel and see if they can help either strengthen my opinion or other opinions or expose some weakness that we can address."