California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

This timeline tracks the evolution of the Chief Justice's Civic Learning Initiative—how it was started and what it means for our democracy in California and throughout the U.S.

California's 28th Chief Justice was sworn into office on January 3, 2011. She brought with her a strong commitment to mentoring, leading, and advocating for younger generations.

2011-01-04 16:51:56

Chief Justice Appointment

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye becomes the 28th Chief Justice of California, with more than 20 years on state trial and appellate courts, including 6 years on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento.

2012-10-20 00:00:00

Chief Justice Starts Conversation with State Dept of Education

As the Chief Justice leads the branch through the budget crisis, she is discouraged by how little the public understands about the courts and the Rule of Law. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye joins forces with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to elevate the status of civic learning in public education starting with the creation of Civic Learning Awards for California public high schools.

2013-02-05 00:00:00

A Month Dedicated to Outreach

Throughout the month, the Chief Justice schedules Supreme Court outreach sessions. The Chief Justice participates in visits to schools in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The first outreach session takes place at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

2013-02-06 00:10:50

Welcoming Students to the Supreme Court

The Chief Justice welcomes 100 students from Sacramento's McClatchy High School to hear oral arguments.

2013-02-13 16:51:56

Balboa High School Welcomes Chief Justice

The Chief Justice’s trip to Balboa H.S. was a follow-up to the Law Academy’s visit to the California Supreme Court’s oral arguments on February 5 at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law.

2013-02-15 00:00:00

Reaching Out to Law Students

The Chief Justice incorporates visits to law schools during her month-long awareness campaign and travels to La Verne College of Law.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

Chief Justice Establishes the California Task Force on Civic Learning

The Chief Justice and State Superintendent announce the formation of a joint statewide task force charged with making recommendations for elevating the status of civics in California K-12 schools.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

1st Annual Civic Learning Award Announcement

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announces 22 winners of the new Civic Learning Award. The awards, presented at the Civic Learning Summit, celebrate successful efforts to engage California public high school students in civic learning and spotlight replicable models for other schools.

2013-02-28 00:00:00

Civic Learning California Summit

The Chief Justice is joined by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), and state leaders.

2013-07-01 00:00:00

Chief Names Power of Democracy Steering Committee

Committee is appointed by the Chief Justice to guide and support related initiatives, including the work of the K-12 Task Force and the Civic Learning Awards for California Public Schools. Justice McConnell is named chair.

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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