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Civic Learning Award at Camarillo High School: Impressions of a Presiding Justice

Recently I presented the Civic Learning Award to Camarillo High School, my second time to participate in the special program established by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. I have been told that a visit from a judge is part of the prize for the school. But from my perspective, I […]

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Lessons from learning and serving at my local court

As the child of Mexican immigrants, I thought that assisting members of the Latino community who came into a Los Angeles County Superior court self-help center would feel entirely familiar. I had always helped my Spanish-speaking parents, neighbors, and family friends translate documents and interpret conversations, and I felt that joining JusticeCorps—an AmeriCorps program that offers […]

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Civic Learning and Engagement Saves Lives

As a medical doctor and executive at California’s biggest health foundation, I often get the question – what do we need to do to improve California’s health? My answer surprises many: empower people. When I was the director and public health officer for Alameda County, I did a study that looked at the average number […]

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Civic Education and the University of California

Public service lies at the heart of the University of California’s mission. We uphold this mission through the education of Californians and the creation of new knowledge, at our medical centers and through our agriculture and natural resources operations. And we uphold it with a steadfast commitment to shepherding the next generation of informed and […]

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Civic Education Wins in the California State Legislature

I am very pleased to announce that AB 24, establishing a State Seal of Civic Engagement for students, was signed into law this legislative session. As a co-author of the bill, my hope is this new seal will provide recognition for young people who are already participating in, and are knowledgeable about, our democracy. I also hope […]

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