Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

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Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Appointed by Jerry Brown
Preceded by Marvin Baxter
Personal details
Born (1972-07-27) July 27, 1972 (age 44)
Matamoros, Mexico
Spouse(s) Lucy Koh
Alma mater Harvard University
Yale University
Stanford University

Mariano-Florentino ("Tino") Cuéllar (born July 27, 1972) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of California, an academic, and a former official in the Clinton and Obama administrations. He is an expert in administrative law, criminal law, international law, public organizations, and the law of public health and safety. He was previously the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.[1] He has been the Co-Director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Early life and education[edit]

An American citizen, Cuéllar was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, and attended catholic school in Brownsville, Texas. At age 14, he moved with his family to Calexico, California, where he attended the local public high school.[2]

He graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1993, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford in 2000. When he was in law school, Cuéllar co-founded a not-for-profit organization providing opportunities for students to teach English in underserved communities,[3] and spent summers working at the U.S. Senate and the President's Council of Economic Advisers.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Cuéllar's official California Supreme Court photo.

After law school, Cuéllar worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[5]

He joined the faculty of Stanford Law School in 2001. He was named Professor of Law and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar in 2007, and became Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. At Stanford, he also served as Co-Director of the university's inter-disciplinary Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) from 2011 to 2013.[6] In February 2013, he was promoted and chosen to serve as Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), a university-wide research and education institution responsible for overseeing CISAC and other Stanford centers focused on international affairs.[7] During the years he led FSI and CISAC, Cuéllar expanded Stanford's role in nuclear security research and policy, launched university-wide initiatives on global poverty and on cybersecurity, grew the Institute's faculty, increased support for global health and governance projects, and broadened opportunities for student and faculty research abroad.[8]

Cuéllar's research and teaching focus on administrative law, criminal law, executive and legislative power, and how organizations manage regulatory and international security challenges in a changing world. His publications include Administrative Law: The American Public Law System (West, 2014; co-authored), Governing Security (Stanford University Press, 2013), and numerous articles on administrative agencies, legislation, criminal justice, cyberlaw, public health law, citizenship and migration, and domestic and international security.[9]

During 2009 and 2010, Cuéllar took leave from Stanford and served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council.[10] While at the White House, he led the Domestic Policy Council’s work on criminal and civil justice, public health and safety, and immigration. He was involved in negotiating bipartisan passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, and repeal of the military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy.[11] He also coordinated the Food Safety Working Group,[12] a new inter-agency effort revamping federal food safety efforts. Before working at the White House, Cuéllar was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, where he co-directed the working group on immigration, borders and refugee policy.[13]

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan selected Cuéllar to serve as co-chair of the National Equity and Excellence Commission in 2011. On February 19, 2013, the 27-member Commission delivered a unanimous report to the Secretary raising serious concerns about the state of American public education. To reduce the nation's achievement gaps, the report recommended local, state, and federal reforms addressing school finance and efficiency, teaching and learning opportunities, early childhood education, and other areas.[14]

In 2011, Cuéllar was mentioned as a possible candidate for consideration by California Governor Jerry Brown to fill the vacancy on the California Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Carlos R. Moreno.[15]

On July 22, 2014, Governor Brown nominated Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court.[16] He was given the highest possible rating, "exceptionally well-qualified," by the California State Bar's independent Judicial Nominations Evaluation Commission.[17] On August 28, 2014, the California Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Cuéllar.[18] He was sworn in on January 5, 2015.[19]

Law reform work[edit]

Cuéllar was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2008 and was elected to the ALI Council in 2014.[20] He has worked on several ALI projects, including Model Penal Code: Sentencing,[21] Principles of Government Ethics,[22] and Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States.[23] In July 2010, President Barack Obama appointed[24][25] Cuéllar to the Council of the nonpartisan U.S. Administrative Conference, an independent agency dedicated to improving the efficiency and fairness of federal administrative procedures.[26] From 2010 until his appointment to the judiciary in 2015, he also served on the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, a bipartisan non-profit organization that builds consensus on constitutional issues affecting the rule of law and criminal justice.[27]

Personal[edit]

Cuéllar is married to United States District Judge Lucy H. Koh of the Northern District of California, and they have two children.[28] They live in Northern California.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Law Professor, Security Expert to Lead FSI". Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/appointments-and-resignations/california-supreme-court-justice-who-is-mariano-florentino-cuéllar-140723?news=853761
  3. ^ "History". www.learningenterprises.org. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Curriculum Vita" (PDF). Stanford Law School. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Biography". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar becomes CISAC co-director". Center for International Security and Cooperation. September 5, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Cuellar's Personal Journey Leads Him to the Helm of FSI". Stanford Daily. February 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cuéllar Looks Back on Leading FSI". Stanford CISAC News. December 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Biography". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  10. ^ "CISAC Faculty Member Mariano-Florentino Cuellar asked to serve on White House Domestic Policy Council". Center for International Security and Cooperation. March 13, 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Prof. Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar". www.fed-soc.org. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  12. ^ "Foodborne Illness Victims Meet with White House to Push for Food Safety Reform". Make Our Food Safe. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  13. ^ "Policy Working Groups". Obama Biden Transition Project. December 2008. 
  14. ^ "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education, Equity and Excellence Commission. February 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Dolan, Maura (February 14, 2011). "Brown considers an activist for state Supreme Court appointment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ Siders, David (July 22, 2014). "Jerry Brown names law school professor to California Supreme Court". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Confirmed for State Supreme Court". Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "California Supreme Court Nominee Gets Glowing Comments From Judges". Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "GOVERNOR BROWN TO SWEAR IN MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR AND LEONDRA KRUGER TO THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  20. ^ American Law Institute - List of Officers and Council
  21. ^ Model Penal Code: Sentencing - List of Project Participants
  22. ^ Principles of Government Ethics - List of Participants
  23. ^ Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States - List of Project Participants
  24. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 7/8/10". Whitehouse.gov. July 8, 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  25. ^ "Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to be appointed to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States". FSI Stanford. July 9, 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  26. ^ "The Conference". ACUS. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  27. ^ "Directors and advisors". The Constitution Project. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  28. ^ Kristen V. Brown: In Silicon Valley, Lucy Koh is the law, SFGate, August 10, 2014

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Preceded by
Marvin Baxter
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California
2015–present
Incumbent