A State Bar panel gave Leondra Kruger, Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee to the state Supreme Court, its highest rating Thursday, saying the U.S. Justice Department attorney was “exceptionally well qualified” and would bring “a unique and valuable perspective” to the court despite her lack of judicial experience.
The assessment by the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, based on confidential surveys of Kruger’s record and character, virtually guarantees her confirmation by the state’s three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, which meets Monday in San Francisco.
Kruger, 38, has worked for the Justice Department since 2007, serving in the solicitor general’s office in both the Bush and Obama administrations and arguing 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. A Pasadena native, she taught at the University of Chicago law school and worked at private law firms in Washington, D.C., but has never practiced law in California.
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