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Associate justice of the California Supreme Court

Applicant Martin J. Jenkins 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:

Martin Jenkins

Martin J. Jenkins

Associate justice of the California Supreme Court

Professional Profile

Martin J. Jenkins was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020. Jenkins is California’s first openly gay high court justice. Jenkins began his legal career as a local prosecutor and went on to work as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a corporate attorney. He has been put on the bench by both Democrats and Republicans: President Bill Clinton made him a federal district judge, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to a state appeals court. A San Francisco native, Jenkins grew up cleaning office buildings and churches with his father. Jenkins graduated from Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco Law School. 


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Fun Fact

Jenkins is a former professional football player. He was a rookie cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks in 1977.


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