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In a separate article, the Los Angeles Times points out that if Professor Liu is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have an Asian majority. Justices Chin and Kennard, as well as Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, all have Asian roots.
In the legal press, the Recorder reports that "Brown Disappoints Some Latinos with Choice of Liu for Supreme Court." This article says that Governor Brown indicated that he expects Professor Liu to be on the bench by the time of the September oral argument session, which begins on the day after Labor Day in San Francisco. That is when the same-sex marriage case is expected to be argued, according to a Daily Journal article last week.