Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. He was nominated by Governor Jerry Brown, confirmed unanimously by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, and retained by the voters for a full term in November 2014. His previous career was in public service, university administration, and legal academia, with a focus on administrative, criminal, and international law.
A member of the Stanford University faculty from 2001 to 2015, Cuéllar was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science. His books, articles, and chapters focus on administrative agencies, criminal justice, executive power, and legislation, among other subjects, and he is co-author of one of the nation's leading administrative law casebooks. From 2004 to 2015, Cuéllar held leadership positions at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. As Institute Director from 2013 to 2015, he supervised 12 research centers and programs, including the Stanford Center at Peking University. He led university-wide initiatives on global poverty alleviation and cybersecurity, and earlier, co-directed the Institute's Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Cuéllar also served in the federal executive branch. In 2009 and 2010, while on leave from Stanford, he worked at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy. He negotiated provisions in food safety, tobacco, and crack-powder cocaine sentencing reform legislation; convened the White House's food safety working group and coordinated its response to the BP oil spill; set up the President's Equal Pay Task Force; worked on the bipartisan repeal of the military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy; and led efforts to support community-based crime prevention and immigrant integration.