California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly Chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature on March 23, 2015. Cantil-Sakauye was personally involved in cross-Capitol negotiations last year over a new State Bar dues bill that ended in a stalemate. She and other justices then gave the agency partial authority to collect dues until the stalemate is resolved.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly Chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature on March 23, 2015. Cantil-Sakauye was personally involved in cross-Capitol negotiations last year over a new State Bar dues bill that ended in a stalemate. She and other justices then gave the agency partial authority to collect dues until the stalemate is resolved. Rich Pedroncelli AP
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly Chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature on March 23, 2015. Cantil-Sakauye was personally involved in cross-Capitol negotiations last year over a new State Bar dues bill that ended in a stalemate. She and other justices then gave the agency partial authority to collect dues until the stalemate is resolved. Rich Pedroncelli AP
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