California’s Leondra Kruger seen as possible Biden election to the Supreme Court

California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger. Photo by Wayne Woods via REUTERS

Before she turned to the law and was one of the youngest judges ever appointed to the California Supreme Court, Leondra Kruger had journalism in her blood.

Kruger, who is considered a potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee for President Joe Biden to replace outgoing judge Stephen Breyer, was editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper. Later, at Harvard University, she wrote for the daily student magazine, Crimson. While attending Yale Law School, she became editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.

The reputation she gained as a young journalist for being thoughtful and careful has followed her to the judiciary, where the 45-year-old lawyer has become known for his incremental approach to settling cases.

Her moderate approach could help her win confirmation in a U.S. Senate equally divided between Democrats and Republicans if Biden chooses her to replace Breyer. Kruger wanted to write history as the first black woman to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I see her as cautious in her use of judgment,” said David Ettinger, a Los Angeles attorney who is an expert on the California Supreme Court. “I think she’s worried about digging into the details of legal issues, instead of letting ideological preferences determine the outcome of the case.”

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