Guie to the Justice Carlos R. Moreno papers M1855

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
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:
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:
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

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

Congratulatory Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6

Letters of Recomendation

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 11

Biography Summary

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 2

Summary of Court Cases

Box 3, Folder 3

Electronic Correspondence

Box 3, Folder 4

Court Case Summaries

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 9

Yale Award

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 16

NY Times: May 20, 2009.

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 4, Folder 5

Court Case Summary

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