Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
|Kathryn Mickle Werdegar|
|Current Court Information:|
|California Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Pete Wilson|
|Past post:||Judge, California First District Court of Appeal|
|Born:||April 5, 1936|
|Undergraduate:||University of California at Berkeley|
|Law School:||George Washington University|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Kathryn M. Werdegar is an associate justice of the seven-member California Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection on May 3, 1994, by Governor Pete Wilson. She was retained in November 2002 for another twelve-year term. She ran for retention in 2014.
- See also: California judicial elections, 2014
|Werdegar was retained to the California Supreme Court with 72.6% of the vote on November 4, 2014.|
- The Sacramento Bee
| California Supreme Court, Associate Justice|
2002 General election results
|Kathryn M. Werdegar||3,776,837||74.2%|
- Click here for 2002 General Election Results from the California Secretary of State.
Justice Werdegar earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Though she began her law studies at the University of California School of Law, Justict Werdegar ultimately earned her J.D. from George Washington University, where she graduated first in her class.
Werdegar served in many different capacities prior to her appointment to the California courts. After graduation from law school, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. After moving back to California, she served as a senior staff attorney with the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. She also taught and worked as an Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Werdegar was appointed to the California First District Court of Appeal in 1988 prior to her appointment to the California Supreme Court.
Awards and associations
- 2002: Citation Award, University of California School of Law
- 1998: Justice of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys of California
- 1996: Appellate Justice of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- 1996: California Alumni Association Excellence in Achievement Award
- 1996: Distinguished Public Service Award, George Washington University Law Alumni Association
- 1962: Charles Glover Award, George Washington University School of Law
- Editor-in-Chief, California Law Review
- Regents' Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley
- Member, American Law Institute
- Member, National Association of Women Judges
- Member, California/Nevada Women Judges Association
- Member, California Judges Association
- Board Member, California Supreme Court Historical Society
- Former Board Member, Boalt Hall Alumni Association
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Werdegar received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.49, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.32 that justices received in California. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
A 2013 study by the Center for Public Integrity on financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court justices found that Werdegar participated in a 2012 case involving Wells Fargo in spite of owning as much as $1 million in Wells Fargo stock. In response to this revelation, the California Supreme Court said it would review internal procedures meant to detect conflicts of interest. Court spokesperson Cathal Conneely said, "The justice [Werdegar] regrets the error."
California earned a "C" in the study.
- npr.org, "The Nation: California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8," May 27, 2009
- McGeorge School of Law, "Supreme Court Justices make McGeorge a Regular Stop," March 13, 2009
- Los Angeles Times, "Judge Seen as a Conservative -- Usually," May 6, 1994
- California Courts, "Associate Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar Biography"
- California Secretary of State Voter Guide, "Justices of the Supreme Court," accessed August 26, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "State Supreme Court - Statewide Results," accessed December 17, 2014
- The Sacramento Bee, "Endorsements: Three California Supreme Court justices deserve a thumbs up from voters," October 8, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
- Center for Public Integrity "State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information," December 4, 2013
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