Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice, California Supreme Court

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is California’s 28th Chief Justice, the first Filipina American and the second woman to serve in the role.  

During her eight years in office, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has emerged as one of the country’s leading advocates for equal access to justice, transparency and reforms of state court funding models that unfairly impact the poor.

A leading national advocate for bail system reform, she has raised awareness of the unfair financial impact of fines, fees and the bail system on the poor. In California, her Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup provided recommendations that informed work between the judicial branch, the Governor and the Legislature on a bill to eliminate money bail and replace it with a system that values public safety and ensures defendants are treated fairly no matter their wealth.

As leader of California’s judicial branch and chair of the Judicial Council, Chief Justice Cantil- Sakauye has helped lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, improving the branch’s efficiency, accountability and transparency.

When she became Chief Justice, she made previously closed meetings of the Judicial Council and its advisory bodies open to the public while improving access for public comment. She has asked federal authorities to protect the integrity of the state court system by not arresting undocumented residents at courthouses. Most recently, she has appointed a group of judicial officers, court executive officers and lawyers to address how the judicial branch can prevent harassment, discrimination and inappropriate workplace conduct.

The Chief Justice is a leader in revitalizing civic learning through her Power of Democracy initiative. In July 2016, the state Board of Education unanimously approved an instructional framework that encourages civic learning.  

As part of a broader national movement, the Chief Justice has convened leaders to address issues of implicit bias, human trafficking and truancy. All the Chief Justice’s initiatives support her vision for a judicial branch that provides physical access through safe and secure courthouses, remote access through technology, and equal access to all Californians.


Closing Keynote Session

Halls B/C

The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California   Geena Rocero, Founder, Gender Proud   Panel Discussion: Strategies for making the most of generational diversity in the workplace featuring: Carla Boragno, Senior Vice President, Global Engineering & Facilities, Pharma Technical Operations, Genentech Lee Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday […]

Keynote Sessions