Associate justice of the California Supreme Court

Applicant Goodwin Liu is asking you to hire him for the role of associate justice of the California Supreme Court, which pays $274,732 per year. His resume:

Goodwin H. Liu

Goodwin Liu

Associate justice of the California Supreme Court

Professional Profile

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu was nominated to the high court in 2011 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, and has won one retention election. Now, he’s up for another term. Liu, a former law professor and associate law school dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law, specializes in constitutional, education law and policy and diversity in the legal profession. Liu once clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 2011, he was tapped for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, but then-President Barack Obama withdrew Liu’s nomination after Senate Republicans filibustered. According to news reports at the time, many senators took issue with Liu’s 2006 testimony against the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito. Liu said that Alito’s pro-law enforcement record “envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse…. This is not the America we know. Nor is it the America we aspire to be.”

A son of Taiwanese immigrants, Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended Rio Americano High School. Liu is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a degree in biology. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and he received his law degree from Yale Law School.


Associate justice, California Supreme Court


Associate dean, UC Berkeley School of Law


Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law


Litigation associate, O’Melveny & Myers LLP


Law clerk, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Special assistant to the deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education


Fun Fact

Liu likes to listen to classical and 1980s pop music, according to an interview with the California Litigation Review. He’s also a former reporter for the Stanford Daily newspaper.


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