Guie to the Justice Carlos R. Moreno papers
Finding aid prepared by Ignacio Rodriguez
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-6064
Title: Justice Carlos R. Moreno papers
Identifier/Call Number: M1855
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
3.5 Linear feet
(7 manuscript boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1994-2009
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Papers pertaining to Justice Moreno's professional career, including notes, correspondence and two binders that have memos,
correspondence and newspaper articles that span Justice Moreno's career. Also included are six VHS cassettes, paper copies
of e-mails, and a complete set of speeches archived on one CD.
Moreno, Carlos Roberto, 1948-
Access to Collection
The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted
to a digital use copy.
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and educational purposes.
This collection was given by Justice Carlos R. Moreno to Stanford University, Special Collections in 2011.
Processing Information note
Processed by Ignacio Rodriguez.
Carlos R. Moreno was admitted to the California Bar in 1975 and began practicing law with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s
office in the same year. In 1979, Moreno left the City Attorney’s office for the private sector where he began practicing
at Kelly, Drye & Warren, and remained there until his appointment by California Governor George Deukmejian to the Municipal
Court of the Compton Judicial District in October 1986. Following his years of service on the municipal Court he was appointed
by California Governor Pete Wilson to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in October 1993. On July 31, 1997, President
William Jefferson Clinton nominated Justice Moreno to a federal judgeship on the United States District Court for the Central
District of California and received confirmation by the Senate on February 3, 1998. Justice Moreno later resigned from his
lifetime appointment as a federal judge upon being nominated to the California Supreme Court by California Governor Gray Davis
in 2001. After serving ten years on the California Supreme Court, Justice Moreno submitted his resignation on January 6, 2011
intending to retire from his position as an Associate Justice effective February, 28, 2011. After his retirement from the
California Supreme Court he returned to private practice with the law firm of Irell & Manella, LLP.
Carlos Roberto Moreno was born in Los Angeles, CA on November 4, 1948 to immigrant parents. Moreno’s maternal grandfather,
Carlos Brücklmaier, was a German citizen who immigrated to Mexico in the late 1800s. Moreno’s mother, Maria Luisa Brücklmaier,
is of German Mexican descent who immigrated to Los Angeles, CA from Mexico in the 1920s. She married José Hidalgo during the
Great Depression of the 1930s and had two daughters, Lupe, and Gloria. Hidalgo later abandoned his wife and daughters. She
was assisted in raising her children by her dedicated brother, José Brücklmaier, who eventually would become a mentor to Justice
Moreno. Luisa later met Jesus Govea Moreno during World War II and they had three sons, Peter, William and Carlos, who was
born in 1948. After World War II the family moved to Solano Canyon near Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, CA. Chavez Ravine was
eventually razed for the construction of Dodger Stadium in the late 1950s. His mother Maria Luisa passed away in 1975 at the
age of 66.
Carlos Moreno had fond memories growing up in the Chavez Ravine neighborhood which was predominantly a community of working
class Italian and Mexican American residents. Moreno grew up around family, cousins, nephews, and nieces. Moreno, a native
Spanish speaker, excelled academically at Lincoln High School where he developed leadership skills with famed educator/activist,
Sal Castro. Castro gained notoriety for organizing the 1968 city wide walk-outs protesting unequal academic access in the
Los Angeles Unified High School District. Moreno was known in the neighborhood for assisting relatives with submitting the
necessary paperwork to the proper agencies, a task that for Spanish speaking residents could be arduous. In high school, his
teachers motivated him to read extensively, become a good writer, and study the arts. After attending the opera while in high
school, Moreno became a lifelong fan and singer of opera. Moreno graduated from Lincoln High School in 1966 and received a
scholarship to attend Yale University, where he received a B.A. in political science in 1970. Moreno returned west and attended
Stanford University and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1975.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence and photographs of Justic Morreno, articles and clippings regarding his career and
materials relating to his court cases. Included also are speeches and an oral history.
[identification of item], Justice Carlos R. Moreno Papers, M1855. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Separated Materials note
Two folders have been removed from the collection: FBI investigation records and Deed of Gift to Stanford University. These
items are restricted until the year 2050.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Moreno, Carlos Roberto, 1948-
California--Politics and government--21st century--Sources
California. Supremem Court--History--21st century
Box 1, Folder 1
Congratulation letters on appointment to Federal Bench: 1998.
Box 1, Folder 2
Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire
Box 1, Folder 3
Nomination and Appointment to CA Supreme Court
Box 1, Folder 4
Box 2, Folder 1
Memorandum: Sotomayor Legal Decisions
Box 2, Folder 2
CA Supreme Court: Commission on Judicial Appointments. Ocotber 1, 2001.
Box 2, Folder 3
Administrative Office of The U.S. Courts
Box 2, Folder 4
Correspondence Rleated to federal Judgeship. 1997
Box 2, Folder 5
Federal Court Appointment Letters of Support
Box 2, Folder 6
Correspondence related to Federal Appointment
Box 2, Folder 7
Yale Medal: November 19, 2009.
Box 2, Folder 8
Various Newspaper clippings
Box 2, Folder 9
Retirement from CA Supreme Court
Box 2, Folder 10
List of Moreno Opinions: 2001-2002
Box 2, Folder 12
Various Photographs: One picture with Educator, Sal Castro on deabte team
Box 3, Folder 1
Commission on Police Repression
Box 3, Folder 3
Box 3, Folder 5
Court of Appeals Decision
Box 3, Folder 6
Court of Appeals Case Summary
Box 3, Folder 7
L.A.Times Article on Justice Moreno
Box 3, Folder 8
Courtly Comaraderie. 10-12-2009.
Box 3, Folder 10
The Recorder: Article, May 22, 2009.
Box 3, Folder 11
The Modesto Bee: June 25, 2009.
Box 3, Folder 12
Table of Contents: Moreno News Clips
Box 3, Folder 13
Obama to talk court nomination with Senate leaders
Box 3, Folder 14
Feinstein Pushes Two Hispanic Judges
Box 3, Folder 15
Moreno Said To be on Supreme Court Short List
Box 3, Folder 17
From Barrio To the Ivay League and Back
Box 3, Folder 18
Sacramento Report : July 20, 2010.
Box 3, Folder 19
Profile of Justice Moreno
Box 3, Folder 20
Governor Press Release: 8-1-2001.
Box 3, Folder 21
LA Times: Chavez Ravine., Play. 9-24-2006.
Box 3, Folder 22
Concurring and Dissenting Opinion by Moreno
Box 3, Folder 23
LA Times: September 26, 2009. Moreno Raises Profile.
Box 3, Folder 24
The Recorder. July 24, 2009. History is on my Side.
Box 3, Folder 25
LA Times: May 16, 2008. Gay Marriage Ban Overturned.
Box 3, Folder 26
A Man in The Middle: The Insider story on Justice, Carlos Moreno.
Box 4, Folder 1
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Box 4, Folder 2
CA Supreme Court Newspaper Articles
Box 4, Folder 3
CA Supreme Court Newspaper clippings
Box 4, Folder 4
Personal Data Questionnaire, Judicial Appointments
Box 5, Folder 1
Law Dragon, Letters of Publication. April 2006.
Box 5, Folder 2
Various Newspaper Articles on CA Justices
Box 5, Folder 3
Various Newspaper Clippings
Box 5, Folder 4
The Recorder: March 19, 2002
Box 5, Folder 5
Moreno in Action, with various articles
Box 5, Folder 6
The Los Angeles Daily Journal: June 5, 1997.
Box 5, Folder 7
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Box 5, Folder 8
Justice Moreno Speeches 1997-1998
Box 5, Folder 9
Responses to American Bar Association: 1997
Box 6, Folder 1
Letters, re: appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court
Box 6, Folder 2
Letters supporting appointment to court
Box 6, Folder 3
LA Superior Court, Installation of Judges. March 18, 1994.
Box 6, Folder 4
CA Supreme Court: Newspaper Articles
Box 6, Folder 5
CA Supreme Court Appointment Newspaper clippings.
Box 6, Folder 6
Various Newspaper Articles of Justice Moreno
Box 6, Folder 7
Metropolitan News Enterprise
Box 6, Folder 8
The Recorder: A Judges Journey, October 8, 2001.
Box 6, Folder 9
The Recorder and LA times Articles
Box 6, Folder 10
CA Supreme Court newspaper coverage on nomination
Box 6, Folder 11
Various articles of CA Supreme Court nomiation
Box 6, Folder 12
America @ Work: February 2001
Box 7, videotape 1
Confirmation Hearing of Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, 2001
Box 7, videotape 2
"Inside the California Supreme Court" & "The Justices of The California Supreme Court," 2006
Box 7, videotape 3
Moreno nomination to California Supreme Court, Sept. 2001
Box 7, videotape 4
Judge Moreno's Induction Ceremony, April 15, 1998
Box 7, videotape 5
Free Airtime Project 2002: Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno
Box 7, videotape 6
Oral History Interview: Justice Carlos Moreno, March 20, 2003
Box 7, compact_disc 1
Justice Carlos Moreno speeches