July 23, 2010
Associate Justice Tani Gorre Cantil- Sakauye is the choice of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for
the Supreme Court Justice of the State. If confirmed and she wins the Nov. 2nd ballot, she will become the highest Filipino American to hold a judicial position in the United States.
A graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School and while at law school at University of California, Davis, Cantil-Sakauye dealt blackjack during summers and weekends at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
She also worked as a waitress, according to Sacramento Bee. Cantil-Sakauye told the Bee in 2005, “One of my favorite sayings is, ‘There is no one truth, only versions of it.’ “
She added, “My philosophy is to really listen closely to what people have to say and try to balance it with everything they’ve told me and give them a fair shot to tell me what they’re thinking. … If I let them ramble a bit, point them in a direction, I learn why that person is there much better than in a question-and-answer format.” Malcolm Segal, a Sacramento litigator, said he thought Schwarzenegger’s choice would please lawyers. “Her reputation in the legal community is that she has a wonderful ability to get along with people and to bring different views together,” Segal said.
“And she has, I am told, a great deal of personal charm and wit, and that’s what it takes to run a court in a complex judicial system.”