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Goodwin Liu

California Supreme Court

Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Before joining the court in 2011, he was a professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, specializing in constitutional law and education policy.

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a master’s degree in philosophy and physiology. From 1993 to 1995, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the Corporation for National Service in Washington, D.C., helping to launch the AmeriCorps national service program.

Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. 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, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 term.

Justice Liu is a prolific and influential scholar. He is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received the University of California, Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure at UC Berkeley School of Law in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Dean. He continues to teach constitutional law at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School.

Justice Liu serves on the Council of the American Law Institute and on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation.