SAN FRANCISCO--Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye was the keynote speaker at this year's American Bar Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 6. Judges and lawyers nationwide attended the five-day general assembly meeting.

The Chief Justice began her speech with an overview of California, its diverse population and the state's judicial system. She said that California has a "majority minority" population with approximately 39 million residents, of which 20 to 40 percent speak another language other than English at home. She added that the state has a diverse legislature and seven to 10 million cases are filed in California courts every year. 

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye closed out the evening imploring lawyers to continue to be a voice for others. "I appeal to you as lawyers, to be a voice for others. We need you, professional problem solvers."