- Cruz Reynoso's background at a glance
He served as a legislative assistant in the California State
Senate (1959–60). He was an Associate General Counsel for the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission in 1967 and 1968.
He served as deputy director of California Rural Legal
Assistance in 1968, and shortly thereafter assumed the
directorship; he was the first Latino to hold the position.
In 1976, Reynoso was appointed to the California Court of Appeal
as an associate justice. He was the first Latino appointed to the
In 1981, he was appointed to the California Supreme Court by
outgoing Governor Jerry Brown, succeeding the retiring Mathew O.
Tobriner. He left when he failed to seek re-election in 1986.
The United States Senate appointed Reynoso to the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights in April 1993.
President Barack Obama appointed Reynoso to his White House
transition team in early 2009, as part of a justice and civil
Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am
When former California Supreme Court Judge Cruz Reynoso got a
call from University of California President Mark Yudof asking if
he would like to spearhead a task force to review the investigation
into the UC Davis pepper-spraying incident, Reynoso said just three
words: "Are you sure?"
The Herald resident said he had theories as to why Yudof
selected him, but he said he was honestly surprised to get the
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am.