A Chief Justice’s Civic Vision

After more than a decade as California's chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye stepped down from the state's highest court in 2023. Her passion, however, for civil service and civic engagement has not wavered. Creating Citizens, the Commonwealth Club World Affairs education initiative, has invited Justice Cantil-Sakauye to speak to high school students from across the Bay Area.

In 2010, after 20 years in the California judicial system, Tani Cantil-Sakauye became the first woman of color to serve as California's chief justice. After stepping down from her role as chief justice, she became the president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California. The institute conducts polling and focuses on a variety of population, economic, and governance issues.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, in conversation with UC Berkeley's Eric Casher, will discuss the duties and responsibilities of a chief justice, the importance of young people in a democracy, and the role of civil discourse and dialogue in society. In an ever-important election year, the chief justice wants students to know how important their voice is, even if they can't vote yet.

This program is part of the Commonwealth Club World Affairs’ civics education initiative, Creating Citizens.

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Image - Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

President and CEO, Public Policy Institue of California; Former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court

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Eric Casher

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, Law School; Attorney, Mayers Nave—Moderator