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2016 Rule of Law Luncheon: The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad



About our featured speaker

Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. He was nominated by Governor Jerry Brown, confirmed unanimously by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments, and retained by the voters for a full term in November 2014.  Before his service on the Court, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Stanford University. A member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001, Cuéllar has written books, chapters, and articles on administrative law, executive and legislative power, criminal justice, public health law, international law, and immigration. 


Between 2004 and 2015, Cuéllar also held leadership positions at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  As Institute director, he supervised 12 centers and programs addressing international affairs, governance and development, food security and the environment, and health policy.  During his tenure leading the Institute and, earlier, its Center for International Security and Cooperation, Cuéllar grew the Institute's faculty, expanded Stanford's role in nuclear security research, launched university-wide initiatives on global poverty and cyber security, increased support for projects on global health and governance, and broadened opportunities for student and faculty research abroad.


While on leave from Stanford, Cuéllar worked at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy (2009-2010).  In this role, he led the Domestic Policy Council staff responsible for civil and criminal justice, public health policy, and immigration.  Earlier, he served on the Obama presidential transition team (2008) and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1997-1999).  He was also a presidentially-appointed member of the governing council for the U.S. Administrative Conference (2010-2015), and co-chaired the U.S. Department of Education’s National Equity and Excellence Commission (2011-2013).  Currently, Cuéllar chairs the Implementation Task Force on Language Access for the California judiciary and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.


After graduating from Calexico High School in California’s Imperial Valley, he received a B.A. from Harvard magna cum laude, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cuéllar clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Event Details

The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad

Speaker: Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the Supreme Court of California

Moderator: Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Chair, ABA ROLI

The rule of law challenges we face today no longer fit in neat jurisdictional boxes.  Whether it’s environmental degradation, health pandemics, or terrorism, cyber-crime, food contamination, or trafficking, contemporary problems spill over borders and require creative new international tools and solutions.  Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar will join with Judge Margaret McKeown in a free-ranging discussion of needed responses to these transnational problems and the role of the judiciary and of the bar, including initiatives such as ABA ROLI.  A renowned expert in international law, administrative law, and criminal law, Justice Cuellar was previously the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  From 2009 to 2010, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council. He took his current seat on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. The Luncheon, our annual celebration of the ABA’s work to advance the rule of law in more than 50 countries around the world, will also feature profiles of ABA ROLI “Pro Bono Champions,” individuals and institutions that have made extraordinary pro bono contributions to our work over the past year.

Celebrating Pro Bono Champions

The Luncheon will also highlight extraordinary contributions of two ABA ROLI volunteers:

Tom Lindley of Perkins Coie, for his extensive pro bono work in addressing China’s critical environmental problems and their threat to citizens’ basic health and safety.

Rebecca Fisher and the Minnesota Bar Association, for their pro bono support of the Kosovo Bar Association, spawning an enriching sister bar relationship between the Minnesota and Kosovo bars that we expect to pay rule of law dividends for years.