1 Cal. Legal Hist. 73 (2006)
The Newman Oral History: An Introduction

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Jennifer DeMarco*
On June 29, 1977, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Frank Newman, a
Boalt Hall School of Law professor and its former dean, to the position of asso-
ciate justice of the Supreme Court of California, filling the seat vacated by Jus-
tice Marshall F. McComb. The Newman appointment surprised most court
watchers, but it was described by the governor's staff at the time as a reflection
of Brown's concern with maintaining the court's reputation for legal scholar-
ship.  Indeed, Gray Davis, then a Brown staffer, told the press that the governor
chose Newman because he thought him a legal heavyweight who was in the
tradition of Roger Traynor.-2
Others believed the real reason that Brown chose Newman, a well-respected
academic, was to counter the heavy criticism leveled at the governor for his ap-
Jennifer DeMarco holds the J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley and
is an attorney in the firm of Greene, Radovsky, Maloney, and Share, LLP in San Fran-
1 John Balzar, Brown Picks Scholar for Supreme Court, San Francisco Chronicle,
29 June 1977, Al.
2 Tom Goff, Brown Appoints UC Professor to Supreme Court, Los Angeles Titnes,
29 June 1977, sec. I1, p. 1.

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