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 Engages with State Dept of Education

Within her first year as leader of the state judicial branch, the Chief Justice commits to promoting civic learning in public schools.

2013-02-06 00:10:50

Welcoming Students to the Supreme Court

More than 100 students from Sacramento's McClatchy High School travel to San Francisco for oral arguments and a Q&A session with the Chief.

2013-02-13 16:51:56

Balboa High School Welcomes Chief Justice

The Chief Justice’s trip to Balboa High School was a follow-up to the Law Academy’s visit to the California Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Feb. 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.

2014-08-01 00:00:00

Chief-Appointed Task Force on Civic Learning Presents Findings

“California’s current civics classes emphasize memorization over participatory skills,” and relies on a 12th-grade government course that comes too late for students already disengaged from school.

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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