Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has appointed an Alameda judge and a high school senior to the Power of Democracy Steering Committee, which promotes access to civic learning for all California K-12 students. Both appointments are for two years.

"All of our students deserve a high quality civic education," said the Chief Justice. "The new members will assist the committee in spreading mock trials, peer courts, and other rigorous and relevant civic learning opportunities to students throughout California's public schools, especially those who are least likely to have access."

Judge Charles Smiley, the presiding judge of Alameda's juvenile court, replaces Sacramento Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie, who now sits on the Judicial Council of California. Laura Robles, a senior at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science–a Civic Learning Award winning school–in Sacramento replaces Saron Dea, who will attend Stanford University this fall.  

The Chief Justice established the Power of Democracy Steering Committee to oversee her civic learning initiative, which includes partnering with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on sponsoring Civic Learning Awards for California public schools and implementing recommendations of the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning.