Justice Cantil-Sakauye - 1The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College has selected Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye as the recipient of the 2016 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service award.

Cantil-Sakauye will deliver a public lecture on Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Colby’s Ostrove Auditorium. The ceremony and award was established to honor Morton A. Brody, a former Maine U.S. District Court judge and friend of the College who led an exemplary career as a lawyer, judge, and civic leader.

The first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice, Cantil-Saukauye has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts. She has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors.

As Chief Justice of California, Cantil-Sakauye inherited the judicial branch in the midst of severe budget challenges at the height of the economic downturn. She worked tirelessly to successfully restore funding and institute reform, traveling across the state to meet with lawyers, judges, educators, and citizen groups.  Instrumental in the development of several outreach programs aimed at engaging youth in civic learning and democracy, she established a Civic Learning Summit and annual award to recognize public high schools for their community engagement. She regularly hosts students to the Supreme Court and has spoken at some of the most challenged high schools in the state.

“Through her service to the profession and to those most in need of justice, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s career embodies the qualities of judicial craftsmanship, compassion, integrity, and humanity that are at the heart of the Brody Award,” said President David A. Greene.

Also on April 25, the Goldfarb Center will host a panel discussion titled “Women in Law: Obstacles and Opportunities” moderated by Nancy Torresen, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Maine at 4 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

Please click here to learn more about Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s career.

For more information about the Brody Award, please contact Assistant Director Amanda Cooley at 207-859-5319 or akitchen@colby.edu.