Thursday, January 18, 2018
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Appoints Lui As Administrative Presiding Justice
Makes Note That He Is State’s First Asian-American APJ
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye yesterday appointed Elwood Lui, the newest presiding justice in this Court of Appeal district, as administrative presiding justice.
“Justice Lui has an extraordinary record of public service, and today he makes history as the first Asian-American administrative presiding justice in California,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “His dedication to the profession and wealth of experience, from his years on the bench to his achievements in private practice, make him ideal to head the operations of the Second District.”
Lui was confirmed Dec. 14 by the three-person Commission on Judicial Appointments as presiding justice of Div. Two, replacing Roger Boren, who retired.
At the time, Lui was an associate justice in Div. One. He gained that post in 2015 after 28 years at Jones Day.
Lui left a spot on the Court of Appeal—in Div. Three—to join the law firm in 1987 as a partner. He was “of counsel” from 2013-15.
He was a deputy attorney general from 1969-71, a member of the firm of Mori and Katayama from 1971-75, and was a sole practitioner at the time of his 1975 appointment to the Los Angeles Municipal Court. He was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1980, and the Court of Appeal, for his first stint, in 1981.
He holds a master of business administration degree, as well as his law degree, from UCLA.
The California Supreme Court in 2016 appointed him as special master to oversee and report on the State Bar’s disciplinary system and the court-ordered special regulatory assessment.
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