The state’s Commission on Judicial Appointments has confirmed Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court. Kruger was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to fill the seat of Associate Justice Joyce Kennard who retired last spring. Kruger is one of three Democratic-appointees on the seven-member court.
Kruger grew up in Southern California but had worked recently as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. She has degrees from Harvard and Yale and has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has never served as a judge.
Following his inauguration on January 5, Brown will swear in Kruger and Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who was confirmed by the commission in August.