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California Legislative Black Caucus Statement on the Recent Judicial Appointments

Press Release


Sacramento — The California Legislative Black Caucus commends Governor Gavin Newsom on his recent judicial appointments of Black Californians to the Supreme, Appellate, and Superior courts. Judge Kelli Evans, who Governor Newsom intends to appoint when the court shifts to fill the vacancy created by Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s approaching retirement, serves as an Alameda Superior Court Judge. Judge Stacy E. Boulware Eurie, 51, of Sacramento, was recently nominated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal. She served as a Judge at the Sacramento County Superior Court since 2007.

In the past six months, Governor Newsom has appointed many Black Californians to be judges to various county superior courts.

 “As Members of the Black Caucus, we’ve pursued legislative avenues to strengthen our judicial system and prevent prejudice within the courts. The recently appointed Black judges, including the imminent appointment of Judge Evans to the Supreme Court, have a wide breadth of noteworthy experience in the courtroom and dedication to the community and will continue to move the needle towards achieving more equitable distribution of justice. At a time when the state and the nation are universally contemplating their biases, the judicial branch is not immune. We appreciate and commend Governor Newsom for taking steps toward a more equitable judicial branch by appointing Black Californians who will no doubt serve our state with integrity and fairness.Diversity in leadership is critical to truly being a California for All. The CLBC remains dedicated to increasing Black participation and representation in all levels of government.”