Carin T. Fujisaki

Justice Carin T. FujisakiJustice Fujisaki was appointed to the First Appellate District in October 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  She serves as an Associate Justice in Division Three.

Before joining the First District, Justice Fujisaki spent 28 years at the California Supreme Court.  From 2015 to 2018, she served as Principal Attorney to California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.  In that capacity, Justice Fujisaki provided advice and counsel to the Chief Justice in her administration of the judicial branch, and advised the court as a whole in the exercise of its rule-making authority, oversight of the State Bar of California, and powers of appointment.  Justice Fujisaki served as a judicial staff attorney for Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter from 1991 to 2014.  Before that, she worked for a year as an attorney on the Supreme Court’s Civil Central Staff.

Justice Fujisaki began her career in 1985 as a legal research attorney in the Civil Law & Motion Department of the San Francisco Superior Court.  From 1986 to 1990, she worked as a litigation associate with the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson & Falk.  There, she handled complex civil litigation matters and litigated several pro bono cases.

Justice Fujisaki currently serves as an advisory member on the Judicial Council of California and a member of the Advisory Panel for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant Program. In 2003, Justice Fujisaki was nominated by Governor Gray Davis and confirmed by the State Senate as the first Asian American member of the Board of Directors of UC Hastings College of the Law. During her 12-year term as a Director, her responsibilities included oversight of the finances, educational policies, institutional advancement, and executive leadership of the college. Justice Fujisaki also served on the State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation from 1996 to 1999. She has been active throughout her career in the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and other local bar associations.

Justice Fujisaki received her B.A. in 1981 from UCLA, where she graduated magna cum laude and competed as a coxswain on the UCLA varsity women’s rowing team for four years.  She earned her J.D. in 1985 from UC Hastings College of the Law, and served as an associate editor on the Hastings Law Journal.

Justice Fujisaki and her husband have two adult children.