Society Events


Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power
November 15, 2016
5:00-7:30 pm
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and former Chief Justice Ronald M. George will discuss the California Supreme Court Historical Society’s recent book, Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power: The History of the California Supreme Court. This program is held in memory of former Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas (1927-2016).

Program flyer and reservations


Thirty Years After a Hundred Year Flood: Judicial Elections and the Administration of Justice

This program, which will be held at the California State Bar meeting in San Diego on October 2, 2016, discusses the California Constitution’s system for electing justices and judges, and how the elections can influence the administration of justice.

Featured speakers include UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and former California Supreme Court Justices Joesph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso.


Chief Justice David S. Terry and Federalism: A Life and Doctrine in Three Acts [PDF]
San Diego (September 12, 2014 – California State Bar Annual Meeting)
Fresno (January 30, 2014)
Los Angeles (June 25, 2013)
San Francisco (October 15, 2012)

Co-sponsored with the Northern District of California Historical Society, this unique presentation featured several state and federal judges, including California Supreme Court Justices Marvin Baxter and Kathryn Werdegar, in an investigation of federal-state relations in 19th century California.