Justice Sanchez was appointed to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, in October 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. He serves as an Associate Justice in Division One. Before joining the Court, Justice Sanchez served for seven years as Governor Brown’s senior advisor on corrections and criminal justice matters. He was responsible for managing all significant corrections litigation and appeals, supervising the work of several hundred attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General and outside counsel. He advised the administration on criminal justice reform legislation, executive appointments, and parole and clemency decisions, and was a principal author of the landmark Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 and its enabling regulations. Justice Sanchez previously served in the Office of the Attorney General in San Francisco.
Justice Sanchez began his career at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP where he litigated a wide range of commercial matters at the trial and appellate levels. He received the ACLU of Southern California’s Social Justice Award in 2010 for his work on Bautista v. State of California, a lawsuit brought to enforce and improve heat illness protection safety regulations for California farmworkers. Justice Sanchez received his B.A. from Yale College, M.Phil. in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, and J.D. from Yale Law School. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he surveyed and wrote on presidential electoral campaign politics. Justice Sanchez is a native of Los Angeles and lives with his wife Christina Meyer and their son in Oakland, California.