Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Position Title
Chief Justice, California Supreme Court


Cantil-Sakauye was appointed chief justice in 2010 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and confirmed by the voters in November for a 12-year term. In 2005, she was appointed as an associate justice for the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. Prior to that, she was a superior court judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court (1997 to 2004) and a judge for the Sacramento County Municipal Court (1990 to 1997). She worked for the Office of Governor Deukmejian as a deputy legislative secretary from 1989 to 1990 and as a deputy legal affairs secretary from 1988 to 1989. She joined the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office shortly after graduation from King Hall in 1984 and worked as a deputy district attorney until 1988. Cantil-Sakauye also completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis, graduating in 1980.

Cantil-Sakauye, a UC Davis Law School graduate, is a member of the California Judicial Council, and is vice chair of the Rules and Projects Committee and Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group. She is a member of the Commission on Impartial Courts, chair of the Judicial Branch Financial Accountability and Efficiency Advisory Committee and president of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court.