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Governor Brown's 'State of the State Address'

Posted By Madhavi Sunder, Jan 21, 2016

Today I had the honor of being invited by Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuellar to attend Governor Brown’s “State of the State Address” before the California Legislature, Constitutional Officers, the Board of Equalization, and the Supreme Court. Before the Governor’s address, I had the chance to speak with Associate Justice Cuellar about the Language Access Implementation Task Force, which he leads. There are more than 200  languages and dialects spoken in California. Without proper language assistance, individuals with limited English proficiency may not have meaningful access to the courts. I hope that in the near future King Hall students may have some opportunities to work with Justice Cuellar on this important effort. Justice Cuellar was the Keynote Speaker at King Hall’s 2015 Commencement and he speaks highly of his judicial externs from King Hall.

I also had the pleasure of meeting for the first time our own King Hall alum, Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye ’84, who is excited to be returning to King Hall for our 50th Anniversary celebration in March. The Chief Justice will be the Keynote Speaker for the “Celebrating King Hall” event featuring the Distinguished Teaching Award on March 10. I also met Associate Justices Kathryn Werdegar and Ming Chin.

During the Governor’s “State of the State” address, I was particularly attentive to his reaffirmation of his commitment to investing more in public education in our state. As a premier public law school, we want to continue to provide equitable access to a top quality legal education to the diverse peoples of our great state. The Governor said he was proud to have increased the budget for public schools and community colleges by 51 percent. Here at King Hall, we have stayed true to our own commitment to access and excellence. A quarter of the first year class is comprised of first generation college students.