Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu
c/o Supreme Court of California
Earl Warren Building
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4797
Dear Associate Justice Liu,
My name is Matthew Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in studying history. The main reason I have a strong interest in studying history is to learn with understand the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, have checks and balances in judicial system including the Constitution to help protect people’s civil liberties from being violated while finding ways to reduce crime, protect the environment from pollution, have government reform to reduce corruption in judicial, elections, and public official, and many others. My main goal is to use history to teach people about the need to improve society with explaining how different core values are important. Associate Justice Liu, I find your work as a law professor at UC Berkley School of Law and later as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California to be very inspiring to me with your approach on judicial issues.
When you were professor at UC Berkley School of Law I really liked on you worked on writing different publications dealing with Constitutional law, Civil Rights, educational policy, and the Supreme Court. My favorite publications that you wrote are “Keeping Faith with the Constitution”, “Rethinking Constitutional Welfare Rights”, “Improving Title I Funding Equality Across States, Districts, and Schools”, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship”, and “Interstate Inequality in Educational Opportunity”. The reason I really like reading your publications is because I really like on how you express the need to protect Civil Liberties from being violated, explain the need to help protect people who are poor or who need welfare on their rights to get assistance instead of being discriminated by the courts or legislatures, support the need to strengthen Civil Rights in different areas like education, jobs, public places to help people with disabilities, women, minorities, and people with different preferences be protected from discrimination. When you testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee about why you should be nominated for U.S. Court of Appeal for Ninth Circuit I really liked on how you expressed on how a judge should not use ideology when deciding cases, how judges should protect the Constitution from being weakened, and how there is a need to help protect people who are different from being discriminated. Even though both political parties blocked your nomination and you withdrawing from being considered for the seat, I was very proud of you for your commitment to not play politics, emphasize on the need to protect the Constitution from being weaken or abused, and emphasized the need to protect people who are poor or on welfare and people who are different from being discriminated. I was very proud of you accepting Governor Brown of California on being nominated on a seat for the Supreme Court of California and later being sworn on the California Supreme Court. On the California Supreme Court, I like on how you continue being in favor of advancing on Civil Rights with protecting it from being weakened to help protect women, minorities, people with disabilities, and people with different preferences, support women’s rights, defend same-sex couples or people with different sexual orientation from being discriminated, support repair relationship between minorities and judicial system, and being against torture or abuse on an individual when accused of a crime.
Associate Justice Liu, Your work on writing different publications helped me get inspired to take an Intro to Criminal Justice class at Washtenaw Community College in Winter 2014 where I learned about different Constitutional amendments with how they play a part in the judicial system, how the court systems work, Miranda Rights, law enforcement, and different Supreme Court Cases. My criminal justice instructor recommended me to read different publications to learn more about the judicial system and how there is a need for reform. Your publications helped me feel motivated to be interested in learning about the criminal justice system, helped me understand how the Constitution plays a role, and understand different ideas of reform to make the system better for people. Also your publications helped me work on creating different ideas for reform in my Criminal Justice class where my instructor helped assist me on it. Your work on being an advocate to make Civil Rights stronger including a\supporting protecting minorities, gender, people with disabilities, and people with different sexual orientation really inspires me to work hard on Autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is difficult for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I have trouble with speech when communicating with other people, and sometimes I get teased by other people about it. Another thing is that your role as an influential Asian American with being an activist for the Asian American Community really inspires me to be confident about being an Asian American when I get teased by some Asian Americans including Asians about having a disability.
Associate Justice Liu, I’m proud to call you a true role model and a true inspiration to me to be interested in learning the criminal justice system, understand the Constitution’s purpose, learn the need for reform to fix the system, and to be interested in history. Another thing is your activism to help reduce discrimination by advocating to make Civil Rights stronger and help the Asian American communities including Asian communities really inspired me to work hard on Autism with a learning disability, to continue learning, and to be confident about being an Asian American. I strongly believe that you make a great difference for society, history, the judicial system, Asian Americans, and many other people with different background. Also I was wondering if you could please explain to me what it is like being a state Supreme Court Associate Justice and share with me what it like studying law because I plan on learning law to help me expand on learning history. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference with your ideas including being an advocate, and inspiring me. I wish you well on continuing your role as an Associate Justice on California Supreme Court where you can make a great difference and make the judicial system better with reform.
Matthew B. Winick