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California High Court Justice to Speak at Emory About MLK

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Goodwin Liu, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California, will speak Wednesday at Emory University School of Law in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

Liu will deliver his address—"Martin Luther King and the Good Samaritan" – at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the law school, 1301 Clifton Road on the third floor of Gambrell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Liu is being hosted by the Georgia lawyer chapter and the Emory student chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Emory chapter of the Federalist Society and the Emory Asian American Law Students Association.

Liu, a former law professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school, was appointed to California's high court in 2011 by Gov. Edmund "Jerry" Brown Jr. Brown made the appointment after U.S. Senate Republicans filibustered Liu's nomination by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The president nominated Liu, a 1998 graduate of Yale Law School and a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in February 2010. But Liu's nomination was stalled by opposition from Senate Republicans who filibustered his nomination. In May 2011, Liu withdrew his name from consideration, telling the president that he was doing so because there appeared to be "no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon."

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