Carol Corrigan

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Carol Corrigan
Court Information:
California Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $221,292
Appointed by:   Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Active:   2006-2018
Past post:   Judge, California First District Court of Appeal
Past term:   1994-2006
Past post 2:   Judge, Superior Court of Alameda County, California
Past term 2:   1991-1994
Personal History
Born:   8/16/1948
Undergraduate:   Holy Names College, 1970
Law School:   University of California, Hasting College of Law, 1975
Grad. School:   St. Louis University, 1972

Carol A. Corrigan is an associate justice of the California Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in December of 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Justice Corrigan was retained to a full 12 year term in November of 2006. Her current term ends in 2018.[1]


Corrigan earned her undergraduate degree from Holy Names College in 1970. She then enrolled in a clinical psychology doctoral program at St. Louis University where she attended from 1970 until 1972. After two years, she decided to pursue a career in law and enrolled in the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she earned a J.D. in 1975.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2003: Jurist of the Year, Judicial Council of California
  • 1997: Distinguished Faculty Award, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Founder’s Medal, Holy Names College


  • Former chair, Judicial Council of California, Task Force on Jury Instructions
  • Former member, Commission on Future of California’s Courts
  • Note and comment editor, Hastings College of the Law Journal
  • 1997-2001: Former member, Judicial Council of California
  • 1994-1997: Board member, Center for Judicial Education & Research
  • 1989-Present: Faculty, California Judicial College, Continuing Judicial Studies Programs
  • 1988-Present: Board of directors, Holy Names College
  • 1990-2005: Chair, Holy Names College
  • 1991-Present: Chair, Saint Vincent’s Day Home
  • 1988-1990: Adjunct professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • 1985-1989: Member, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
  • 1984-1987, 1990-1994: Adjunct professor, U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1983-1986: Board member, President’s Commission on Organized Crime
  • 1982: Special consultant, President’s Task Force on Victims of Violent Crime
  • 1981: Adjunct professor, University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • 1981-1987, 1989: Adjunct professor, U.C. Hastings College of Law
  • 1981-Present: Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • 1970: Student body president, Holy Names College[1]



California Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2006 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Carol Corrigan Green check mark transparent.png 4,304,376 74.4%
Against retention 1,483,509 25.6%


California First District Court of Appeal, Associate Justice
1994 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Carol Corrigan Green check mark transparent.png 669,213 71.5%
Against retention 267,008 28.5%
  • Click here (dead link) for 1994 General Election Results from the California Secretary of State.


Corrigan ran unopposed in 1992 to retain her seat on the Alameda County Superior Court.[2]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Corrigan received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.55, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.32 that justices received in California. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[3]

See also

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