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California Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero Announced as Keynote Speaker for Fourth Annual Belonging Awards

The Pepperdine Caruso Law Office of Diversity and Belonging is pleased to announce California Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Belonging Awards. Chief Justice Guerrero is 29th Chief Justice of California. 

The Belonging Awards celebrate the diversity of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Caruso Law. The event will honor student organizations that thoughtfully promote diversity, belonging, and important views at the school; alumni who promote diversity and belonging in their profession; and faculty, staff, and the individual students who exemplify diversity, inclusion, and belonging at the school of law.  To learn more, please visit Belonging Awards 2024.

About Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero:

Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero is the 29th Chief Justice of California. She was sworn into office on January 2, 2023, making history as the first Latina to serve as California’s Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Guerrero was nominated to office by Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2022. When she first joined the California Supreme Court as an associate justice in March 2022, Chief Justice Guerrero was also the first Latina to serve on the state's high court.

In her first State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Guerrero highlighted her commitment to a more diverse and inclusive judicial branch, as well as technology that helped preserve access to justice for Californians during the pandemic.

Chief Justice Guerrero also adopted the Power of Democracy Civic Learning Initiative and has been active in the “Judges in the Classroom” civics program, which engages schools and encourages students to learn about the role of the judiciary.

Prior to being elevated to the California Supreme Court, Chief Justice Guerrero served as an associate justice at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One since December 2017. Before her appellate appointment, she served as a judge at the Superior Court of San Diego County from 2013 to 2017, and was the supervising judge of its Family Law Division in 2017.

Chief Justice Guerrero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born and raised in California’s Imperial Valley. She attended the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.