Justice

Goodwin H. Liu

Supreme Court of California
Area
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specialty
Law
Member Since
2019
Goodwin Liu has served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California since 2011.  Before joining the bench, Liu was Professor of Law and served as Associate Dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he taught and published widely on constitutional law and education law and policy.  Liu received UC Berkeley's highest award for teaching excellence in 2009, and he won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law in 2008.  The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Liu grew up in Sacramento and attended public schools.  He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford in 1991, then earned a masters degree at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1998.  Liu clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.  His experience also includes litigation practice at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, DC, and service as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and as Senior Program Officer for Higher Education at the Corporation for National Service.  Liu serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, and on the governing boards of the American Law Institute and the James Irvine Foundation.  He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and the board of directors of the American Constitution Society and National Women's Law Center.
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