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  • Access to Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information note
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Materials note

  • Title: Justice Carlos R. Moreno papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M1855
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet (7 manuscript boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1994-2009
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: 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.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [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