Friday, January 07, 2011

Retirement of Justice Moreno

Well this is certainly unexpected.  He's not exactly hiding the ball that he's jumping ship to pursue more lucrative opportunities in the private sector.  While it's not my place to opine on what is a very personal decision, I am a bit disappointed that Justice Moreno did not stay on for a year or two longer.  Even during the tenure of Chief Justice George, Moreno was very influential in moderating the conservative tinge of the Court.  I think his influence would have grown under the tenure of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye (i.e., I think she's even more of a moderate than George, so much more likely to be persuaded by someone as effective as Moreno). 

On the bright side, this gives Gov. Brown the chance to replace Justice Moreno, who is from that other school across the Bay, with a Boaltie. 

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Goodwin Liu might be available.

1/07/2011 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 years of public service, and he gets a -jumping ship, for more money- comment from a snot nose baby lawyer. Nice.

1/10/2011 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he held on until there finally was a Dem in the governor's mansion. why not praise him for going the distance?

1/10/2011 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Moreno, 62, the only Latino and Democrat on the court, said Brown's election cemented his decision to leave for work as either a private judge or for a private law firm. "

WTF is a private judge?

1/10/2011 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A private judge is an arbitrator.

1/10/2011 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

private judges can do some arbitrating, but California has a system where parties can pick a private judge, go to the Superior Court, have the private judge appointed through a "reference" as a judge on that matter, and then have full appellate rights through the regular Court of Appeal, etc.

it can be an attractive option for parties who want the upsides of binding arbitration but want to avoid the "anything goes" and "not appealable except for incidents of bribery" aspects of arbitration.

1/11/2011 10:37 AM  

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