Carol Corrigan

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Carol Corrigan
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
Assumed office
January 4, 2006
Appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded by Janice Rogers Brown
Personal details
Born (1948-08-16) August 16, 1948 (age 68)
Stockton, California
Alma mater Holy Names College
UC Hastings College of the Law

Carol Ann Corrigan (born August 16, 1948) is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.[1]


Corrigan, the daughter of a newspaperman, grew up in the San Joaquin Valley city of Stockton, California. She graduated from Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, and attended the then women-only Catholic Holy Names College in Oakland. After a brief stint in a graduate program in psychology, Corrigan enrolled at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1975 and was admitted to the California bar the same year.

Corrigan worked as a prosecutor in Alameda County, California from 1975, and as a senior prosecutor from 1985 until 1987 when she was appointed to the county's Municipal Court.[2] In 1991 she became a Judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County, the state's principal trial court there. In 1994 the Governor Pete Wilson appointed her as a Justice in the California Court of Appeal, First District.[3] There, she gained a reputation for legal acumen, serving on a commission that overhauled the state's court rules.

Corrigan is unmarried and has resided in and around Oakland, California for most of her adult life.

California Supreme Court[edit]

On December 9, 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her to the Supreme Court of California,[4] to replace Justice Janice Rogers Brown.[5] Corrigan was confirmed in this position January 4, 2006.

She was in the dissenting minority in the same-sex marriage case, In re Marriage Cases (2008).


  1. ^ "Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan". California Courts. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Municipal Courts in California were consolidated into the Superior Courts of their respective counties following the passage of Proposition 220 in June, 1998. Nonpartial Information on California 1998 Primary Election Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan". California Courts. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Justice Carol Corrigan to the Supreme Court of the State of California". Office of the Governor. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Justice Brown had resigned to accept an appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Janice Rogers Brown
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
2006 – present
Succeeded by