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California Supreme CourtCandidate for Justice

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Martin J. Jenkins

Associate Justice, CA Supreme Court, 2019–present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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Profession:Associate Justice, CA Supreme Court
Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks, National Football League (not availa–not availa)
Associate Justice (Appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, now being confirmed, Supreme Court of California — Appointed position (2020–current)
Associate Justice (Appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, confirmed, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three — Elected position (2008–2019)
Judge (appointed by President Bill Clinton), United States District Court for the Northern District of California — Appointed position (1997–2008)
Judge (appointed by Governor Pete Wilson), Alameda County Superior Court — Appointed position (1992–1997)
Judge (appointed by Gov. George Deukmajian), Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville Municipal Court — Appointed position (1989–1992)
Trial Attorney, Pacific Bell Legal Department (1986–1989)
Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division—Criminal Section (1983–1986)
Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (1981–1983)


Santa Clara University B.A., (field of study not available)
City College of San Francisco A.A., (field of study not available)
University of San Francisco School of Law J.D., Law (1980)


Official bio from the California Supreme Court website:

Justice Martin J. Jenkins was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court on November 10, 2020 following his appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom. Previously, he served as Senior Judicial Appointments Advisor to Governor Newsom. Preceding his work for Governor Newsom, he served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal.

Justice Jenkins’ judicial experience includes service as a federal district judge for the Northern District of California; he was appointed by President William Clinton in May 1997 and confirmed by the United States Senate in November 1997. Earlier, he served as a trial judge on the Oakland Municipal and Alameda County Superior Courts.

After graduating from Santa Clara University and before entering the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law, Justice Jenkins was briefly employed as a player by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He obtained his law degree from USF in May 1980, when he received the Judge Harold J. Haley Award for “exceptional distinction in scholarship, character, and activities.” After graduation, Justice Jenkins worked as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He subsequently served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division-Criminal Section in Washington D.C., and later was an attorney in Pacific Bell’s Legal Department where he handled a wide variety of litigation matters. 

Justice Jenkins has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The St. Thomas More Award, presented annually by the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, “In Recognition of His Distinguished Record of Service and Dedication to His Church, His Community, and His Family,” and the 2009 Children’s Advocacy Award, presented by Legal Services for Children, San Francisco, for “Outstanding leadership in public policy that protects children and youth from abuse and exploitation.” In 2018, the USF Board of Trustees conferred upon Justice Jenkins an honorary degree, “The Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa.”

News Coverage:

Newsom nominates Martin Jenkins to California Supreme Court, where he would be first openly gay justice
(San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2020)

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On November 10, 2020, Justice Martin J. Jenkins was unanimously confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. This 80-minute video includes witness testimony, the confirmation proceedings, and the administration of the oath of office.

Witnesses in Support:

  • Ms. Adrionne Beasley, Reverend & Attorney at Law (Ret.)
  • Hon. William R. McGuiness, Administrative Presiding Justice (Ret.), Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, Chief Judge Emeritus (Ret.), United States District Court, Northern District of California

State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation:
Mr. Aminder Singh, Commission Chair

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