Governor Jerry Brown appointed Manuel on February 12, 1977. Manuel served on the court for only four years before he succumbed to stomach cancer. Manuel was known for his dedication to pro bono work. There is a pro bono award named after him awarded by the State Bar of California each year. The Wiley Manuel Courthouse, part of the Alameda County Superior Court, was named after him.
Manuel died in 1981.
- Wiley Manuel Bar Association 
- "The History of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County". The Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- Online Archive of California, Wiley Manuel, http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8k64kf7/entire_text/
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