California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to Serve as Commencement Speaker for Class of 2012
Associate Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court will serve as commencement speaker for the Class of 2012. The 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on May 17.
Justice Liu was appointed to the California Supreme Court in July 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and confirmed by the California Board of Judicial Appointments in August 2011. A native of Sacramento and a child of Taiwanese immigrants, he earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1998. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters. Liu then joined the faculty at UC Berkeley School of Law, earning tenure in 2008.