Joshua Groban, lecturer at UCLA School of Law and expert in white-collar criminal law, civil litigation and appellate law, has been appointed to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Once Groban is confirmed by the state’s three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, he will fill the vacancy that was created when Justice Kathryn Werdegar retired in 2017.

Groban, who serves as a senior adviser on legal policy and judicial appointments to the governor, has taught at UCLA Law since 2014. His popular state appellate practice course focuses on the rigors of appellate work through hands-on training with lawyers and externships with judges who serve on the California Court of Appeal’s Second District.

In a press release issued by the governor’s office, Jennifer Mnookin, dean of the law school, said that Groban “has been an extremely effective and well-regarded instructor, providing our students with powerful insights into appellate writing, argument and advocacy. Those same talents will be put to superb use in his new role, and I am confident that he will be an exceptional addition to the Court.”