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With just a few weeks left until state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno steps down, many are wondering who will emerge as the first court appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown's current term.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye relayed a conversation on the subject to the San Francisco Chronicle, saying Brown has "suggested his appointee would be relatively young, quite possibly a minority and not necessarily a current judge."

"He's interested in ethnic diversity, he's looking at academic professor types and also for someone young who will stay awhile," Cantil-Sakauye said Wednesday in recounting the discussion (with Brown).

She said the governor didn't disclose when he would be nominating a successor to Justice Carlos Moreno, who is leaving the bench at the end of this month. But since it takes 90 days for a State Bar commission to review court candidates and report back to Brown, Cantil-Sakauye said she expects to be naming a series of appellate justices to fill Moreno's seat on a rotating basis for at least the next few months.

Capitol Alert readers picked Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund President Thomas Saenz for the post in a recent Supreme Court short list survey.

Read the full San Francisco Chronicle blog post here.


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