ALI Council
Elected Member

The Hon. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

San Francisco, CA
Supreme Court of California
Harvard University
Yale Law School, BA,PhD,JD

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is a Justice on the Supreme Court of California. Prior to his appointment to the court, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Justice Cuéllar served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House in 2009 and 2010. Before that, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group. During the second term of the Clinton Administration, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement.  From July 2010 through January 2015, he served as a presidentially appointed member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and from 2011 to early 2013, he co-chaired the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He is a board member of the Hewlett Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

Following law school, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who is also a member of the ALI Council.

Elected to the ALI in October 2008, Justice Cuéllar serves as an Adviser for the ALI projects on Principles of Law: Police Investigations, and Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus: Procedural Farmeworks and Analysis; and on the Members Consultative Groups for the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Principles of Government Ethics, and Model Penal Code: Sentencing.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, A.B.; Stanford University, M.A.; Yale Law School, J.D.; Stanford University, Ph.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law
Immigration Law
International Law
Legislation (Government Law)
Administrative Law
Foreign Affairs (International Law)
National Security (Government Law)