David Carrillo quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), Judicial Profile, October 2, 2014
“He’s hardly the liberal firebrand or radical academic some may have expected”” said David Carrillo. … “His writing takes reasonable positions, and shows careful analysis tempered by pragmatism and common sense.”
David Carrillo quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), August 7, 2014
“The distinction is whether you take a more mechanical view of the judicial function, where the political consequences are irrelevant,” he said. “On the other side is a realistic concern about the broader impact that may flow from a decision.”
David Carrillo quoted in The Recorder, July 22, 2014
David Carrillo … said the choice of Cuéllar is interesting for three reasons. It gives the court “another academic powerhouse justice in the tradition of Traynor, Newman and Liu,” Carrillo said. It restores representation of the state’s 39 percent Hispanic population. There hasn’t been a Latino on the high court since Justice Carlos Moreno retired three years ago. “And the Berkeley-Stanford rivalry of appointments to the court continues, with Berkeley ahead 13 to 10,” Carrillo said.
David Carrillo quoted in Reuters, February 20, 2014
David Carrillo … agreed, saying the U.S. Constitution could also be interpreted to require approval of such a move by the California state legislature. Carrillo also said the U.S. Congress was unlikely to get on board with the plan. “One could wonder whether Congress would look favorably on adding five new stars to Old Glory,” he said.
David Carrillo quoted in The Sacramento Bee, June 28, 2013
“People can put whatever they want on the ballot, laws can still get passed and the constitution can still get amended,” said David Carrillo, executive director of the California Constitution Center at UC Berkeley. “What the Proposition 8 ruling means is there’s going to be a much sharper question about who has standing to attack or defend a law.”
David Carrillo writes for the California Supreme Court Historical Society, Spring/Summer 2013
State judicial systems have not been studied to the same degree as the federal judicial system, and to date, there has been little sustained effort to study the California Constitution. Thus, when significant issues of state constitutional law arise, neither practitioners nor the courts have ready access to a comprehensive body of legal scholarship on California constitutional provisions.
David Carrillo quoted in Daily Journal, December 24, 2012 (registration required)
Carrillo said he is thinking about ways to both expand the number of moot court sessions and allow for more timely participation by attorneys whose cases have been set for oral argument. “I’m not even there to help the lawyer win their case,” Carillo said. “I’m there to help the court find the right answer.”
David Carrillo quoted in Daily Journal, August 29, 2012 (subscription required)
“It seems to me there is an untapped need,” Carrillo said, noting the center is the first of its kind. “It will be really useful to the legal community to have an ongoing effort to study the California Constitution,” Carrillo said, “so that when the big issues do happen there is an existing body of research for people to draw on, both [for] practitioners and the courts.”