Feb. 15, 2022
Gavin Newsom selects 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero to seat on California Supreme Court
Guerrero, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, is a former federal prosecutor who also worked at Latham & Watkins.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero, a former Latham & Watkins LLP partner, to replace Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar on the state Supreme Court.
Guerrero, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who was born and raised in Imperial County, is the governor's second nominee for the high court. Guerrero has been a state appellate justice since 2017 when she was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
"A keen legal mind and well-regarded jurist, Justice Guerrero's wide-ranging experience, integrity, deep respect for the rule of law and lifelong commitment to public service make her a phenomenal candidate to serve as our next California Supreme Court Justice," Newsom said in a statement.
She must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. In addition to her work at Latham & Watkins, Guerrero also has worked as a federal prosecutor.