Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness

Purpose:
The committee makes recommendations for improving access to the judicial system, fairness in the state courts, diversity in the judicial branch, and court services for self-represented parties.

In addition to the duties described in rule 10.34, the committee must recommend to the Governing Committee of the Center for Judicial Education and Research, proposals for the education and training of judicial officers and court staff.

Date Established: 2014.

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

October 18, 2017 Meeting (CLOSED)
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.


Past Advisory Committee on Providing Access & Fairness Meetings

Under Rule 10.55 provides that the Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness must include representatives from the following categories:

  • Appellate justice;
  • Trial court judicial officer;
  • Lawyer with expertise or interest in disability issues;
  • Lawyer with expertise or interest in additional access, fairness, and diversity issues addressed by the committee;
  • Lawyer from a trial court self-help center;
  • Legal services lawyer;
  • Court executive officer or trial court manager who has experience with self-represented litigants;
  • County law librarian or other related professional;
  • Judicial administrator; and
  • Public member

The Chief Justice appoints two advisory committee members to serve as co-chairs. Each co-chair is responsible for leading the advisory committee's work in the following areas:

  1. Physical, programmatic, and language access; fairness in the courts; and diversity in the judicial branch; and
  2. Issues confronted by self-represented litigants and those of limited or moderate income, including economic, education, and language challenges.

Download the Committee Roster.

  • Hon. Kathleen E. O'Leary, Co-chair, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal Fourth Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. Laurie D. Zelon, Co-chair, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal Second Appellate District, Division Seven
  • Hon. Sue Alexander, Commissioner of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Mr. Thomas Alexander, Program Supervisor, Vista Hill
  • Hon. Craig E. Arthur, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Ms. Kim Bartleson, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt
  • Hon. Charles R. Brehmer, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Kern
  • Hon. Mark E. Cullers, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Ms. Ana Maria Garcia, Supervising Attorney Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • Hon. Ginger E. Garrett, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Hon. Maria D. Hernandez, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Hon. Lia R. Martin, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Ms. Kelly J. McNamara, Managing Attorney, Superior Court of Can Bernardino
  • Ms. Sasha Morgan, Director of Operations of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz
  • Hon. William J. Murray, Jr., Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal Third Appellate District
  • Ms. Julie S. Paik, Director, County of San Luis Obispo, Department of Child Support Services
  • Mr. Michael Powell, Court Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Hon. Mickie Reed, Commissioner, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Ms. Carol Ross-Burnett, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Ms. Janice Schmidt, Director, Stanislaus County Law Library
  • Ms. Melanie Snider, Family Law Facilitator, Superior Court of California, County of Butte
  • Mr. Bruce A. Soublet, Sr. Assistant City Attorney/ADA Coordinator, City of Richmond, City Attorney’s Office
  • Hon. Sergio C. Tapia, II, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Bobbi Tillmon, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Juan Ulloa, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Imperial
  • Hon. Erica R. Yew, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Ms. Rheeah Yoo, Family Law Facilitator, Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Liaison

  • Mr. Jason Mayo, Supervising Attorney, Center for Judicial Education and Research, Judicial Council of California
  • Ms. Linda McCulloh, Attorney, Center for Judicial Education and Research, Judicial Council of California

Office of Governmental Affairs Liaison

  • Mr. Alan Herzfeld, Legislative Advocate, Office of Governmental Affairs, Judicial Council of California

Judicial Council Staff to the Committee

  • Ms. Kyanna Williams, Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Operations and Programs Division, Judicial Council of California
  • Ms. Carolynn C. Bernabe, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Operations and Programs Division, Judicial Council of California
For Persons With Disabilities Requesting Accommodations: Questions and Answers About Rule of Court 1.100 for Court Users (2016)
Developed by the Judicial Council Access and Fairness Advisory Committee

Read more reports and publications from the Access and Fairness Advisory.

The committee makes recommendations for improving access to the judicial system, fairness in the state courts, diversity in the judicial branch, and court services for self-represented parties. In addition to the duties described in rule 10.34, the committee must recommend to the Governing Committee of the Center for Judicial Education and Research, proposals for the education and training of judicial officers and court staff.



Contact Information

Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Operations & Programs
AccessFairnessComm@jud.ca.gov

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