On the eve of Justice Mary Yu’s swearing-in cer- emony at the Temple of Justice, Justice Steven González spoke with me about his thoughts on her appointment and the importance of judicial diversity and shared some ideas for how to en- sure our state has the most qualified judiciary.
After our interview, Justice González was kind enough to
show me around the Temple of Justice. As an assistant attorney
general, I had heard stories about how the Attorney General’s Offices used to be housed in the basement of the Temple and had
watched the Court on TV W many times, but it was an entirely different and very special experience to be given a private tour by
one of the Court’s newest members. What follows is a condensed
and edited version of our interview.
Tsering Kheyap: Starting with a couple of general and seeming-
ly simple questions may help guide our readership through our
discussion today about judicial diversity. First, what is judicial
Justice González: There are a variety of definitions. For me, it’s a
bench that represents more closely the people that it serves, the
community in which the Court hears cases. There are all kinds
of measures you want people from — from a variety of different
law schools, different backgrounds, different religions, different
undergraduate majors — because the studies show that a diverse
with Justice Steven
Judicial Diversity Matters
by Tsering Kheyap
Photo: Justice González with the author.