California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar has announced her plans to retire. Her departure, set for Aug. 31.
Governor Brown will have his fourth opportunity in his second stint as governor to mold the seven-member California Supreme Court, long regarded by legal experts as among the most influential in the nation.
Brown’s recent appointments, of Leondra Kruger, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Goodwin Liu have recast the court with Democratic appointees from outside the judiciary.
Like Brown, all three attended Yale Law School.
Werdegar, a native San Franciscan, was appointed to the court by Gov. Pete Wilson and was twice reconfirmed by statewide voters.
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