A Conversation with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye

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Hon. Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of California

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the leader of the state’s third branch of government, the Judicial Branch. In addition to her leadership role on the California Supreme Court, her constitutional duties include serving as chair of the Judicial Council and chair of the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Chief Justice was nominated to office in July 2010, unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments in August 2010, and overwhelmingly approved by voters in the
November 2010 general election. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye serves as the 28th Chief Justice of California, as well as the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. At the time she was nominated, she had served more than 20 years on California trial and appellate courts, including 6 years on the Court of Appeal, Third
Appellate District, in Sacramento. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has focused on a vision for improving the public’s access to justice, building partnerships to lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and using ongoing self-assessment to improve the branch’s efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability. She has also taken a leadership role in revitalizing civic learning and engagement in the state.


Hon. Gary Nadler
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California, Sonoma County

Judge Nadler currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Sonoma County Superior Court, having previously served in this position from 2009 through 2011. He is presently a member of the California Judicial Council, serving in this capacity since 2014. He is Vice Chair of the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee and the Judicial Council Technology Committee, and is assigned to the Executive and Planning committee and the Judicial Branch Budget Committee. Previously, he has been a key member of several Judicial Council committees and task forces. Judge Nadler teaches extensively in continuing education for California judges and is a faculty member for the Bernard E. Witkin judicial College. He is a co-author of the California Discovery Handbook and action guides relating to civil discovery for the Continuing Education of the Bar. He has authored numerous articles for the “Bar Journal” of the SCBA; participated as a panelist in over 20 SCBA educational programs; and has served as faculty for over 20 judicial education programs.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:30 pm

Hon. Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California
Hon. Gary Nadler, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, Sonoma County

Place: Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Registration Fee: $85–SCBA Members; $105–Public

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