California Supreme Court Justice (Retired); UC Davis, School of Law, Professor
Justice Cruz Reynoso joined the UC Davis law faculty in 2001. From 1991-2001 he was a member of the UCLA law faculty, continuing a multi-faceted public and private career in law that began with several years of private law practice in El Centro, California, during which he also served in several state government positions. In 1967, he went to Washington, D.C., to work for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but he returned to California a year later to head California Rural Legal Assistance, one of the pioneering programs of the legal services movement. In 1972 he joined the University of New Mexico law faculty, having held part-time teaching positions at several institutions before then.
Professor Reynoso’s academic career was interrupted in 1976 by an appointment to be an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal. His service on that court was followed by elevation to the California Supreme Court, where he served from 1982 to 1987. Private practice followed until Professor Reynoso joined the UCLA law faculty.
Among other state and federal public service positions he has held during his long and varied career, Professor Reynoso was appointed by President Carter to the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, and he has served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and on the California Post Secondary Education Commission. The holder of several honorary degrees, he is a board member of several civil rights, environmental and educational organizations. He currently serves as a Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. His academic interests currently lie in the areas of professional responsibility, remedies and appellate advocacy. Professor Reynoso serves as Special Counsel to the law firm of Kay, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler.