California’s Supreme Court got its first Latina justice on Tuesday when a state commission upheld Gov. Gavin Newsom’s nomination of Patricia Guerrero, a San Diego appellate judge and longtime immigrant advocate.
The Judicial Appointments Commission voted 3-0 to approve the selection of Newsom de Guerrero to succeed Judge Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who left the court in late October to become president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a research and nonprofit advocacy. Appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, he was the court’s fourth Latino judge, all male.