Brown names assistant US attorney to high court

Nov 24, 2014 2:43 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court.

The governor announced Monday that he selected 38-year-old Leondra Kruger, a Los Angeles native, to replace Associate Justice Joyce Kennard, who retired earlier this year.

It's Brown's third appointment this term and continues his efforts to diversify the court. If approved, Kruger would become the fourth African-American and the second African-American woman to serve on the high court.

She currently serves in the legal counsel office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, she was acting principal deputy to the Solicitor General and argued 12 cases on behalf of the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kruger's nomination must be confirmed by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments.

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