As Cantil-Sakauye walked toward the cavernous rotunda with outgoing Chief Justice Ronald George and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a crowd comprised of Cantil-Sakauye’s family, numerous judges and lawmakers burst into loud applause. “We love you, Tani!” someone yelled to the Sacramento native who would be California’s first Filipina chief justice.
Nodding to her two school-aged children in the front row, Cantil-Sakauye noted that their grandparents were former field workers and World War II internees. “Is history remarkable or what?” she said.
After exchanging compliments with Schwarzenegger and George at a podium, Cantil-Sakauye slipped away before reporters had a chance to quiz her. But George stuck around to sing her praises to reporters.
“I think this will go down as one of the most outstanding legacies of the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,” George said.