Hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website.

SAN FRANCISCO—A public hearing has been scheduled by the Commission on Judicial Appointments for Dec. 21, beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom—350 McAllister Street in San Francisco—to consider the appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. of Joshua P. Groban to the Supreme Court of California.

The state Constitution specifies that a gubernatorial appointment to the Supreme Court is effective when confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

The commission members who will consider the appointment are Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and senior Presiding Justice of the state Court of Appeal J. Anthony Kline.

Appointee Summary Biography

Groban would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar on Aug. 31, 2017.

Groban has served as senior advisor to Governor Brown since 2011. As senior advisor, Groban has overseen the appointment of approximately 600 judges throughout the state. Groban has also advised the Governor in high-profile litigation and policy issues involving education, the judiciary, criminal justice, national security and constitutional interpretation.

Groban was legal counsel for the Jerry Brown for Governor Campaign in 2010. He was an attorney at Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP from 2005 to 2010 and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP from 1999 to 2005. Groban served as a law clerk for Judge William C. Conner at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1998 to 1999.

Groban has been a lecturer in state appellate practice at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law since 2015. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors and distinction.

Testimony and Comment

Persons who wish to testify or comment on the appointment must submit their information for receipt by the commission no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Anyone wishing to testify before the commission must state that request in writing and include a summary of the facts on which any testimony or opinion will be based.

The commission’s address is:

Commission on Judicial Appointments
c/o Chief Justice of California
Supreme Court of California
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Attention: Secretary to the Commission

The Guidelines for the Commission on Judicial Appointments are published as an appendix to the California Rules of Court and are posted on the California Courts website.