Louis Mauro took the oath as Associate Justice on August 25, 2010, and he was retained by the voters in the November 2014 general election. He previously served as a judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court.
Raised in San Luis Obispo, California, Justice Mauro received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of California at Davis.
Following law school, Justice Mauro served in a clerkship with Justice Edward Panelli at the California Supreme Court, working as a staff attorney for the court. He then worked in private practice with the law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Boutin Gibson before joining the California Department of Justice. He was eventually appointed Senior Assistant Attorney General, the statewide head of the Government Section at the Attorney General’s Office, where he was counsel to the State’s constitutional officers and the California courts. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary in the Governor’s Office, serving as a lawyer for the Governor and as a member of the Governor’s Senior Staff.
Justice Mauro’s public service includes participation on various judicial branch committees. He chairs the Appellate Advisory Committee, the Joint Appellate Technology Subcommittee and the Third District’s Technology Committee, and he serves as vice-chair of the Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is an Executive Committee member with the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System and serves on the Appellate Court Security Committee and the Third District’s Mediation Committee. In addition, Justice Mauro is President of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, working to promote civility, ethics and professionalism in the legal profession, and he is a member of the Executive Committee and Executive Board of the California Judges Association. He is also regularly invited to speak to schools and organizations regarding government and the law, including prior appearances at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Davis and the University of the Pacific.