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: September 1994.

No meetings have been scheduled. Please check periodically for updates.

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

Ms. Cherri N. Allison
Executive Director
Alameda County Family Justice Center

Hon. Craig E. Arthur
Commissioner of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Orange

Hon. Diana Becton
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Contra Costa

Ms. Deni Butler
Chief Deputy of Operations
Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Ms. Nancy Eberhardt
Assistant Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Hon. Ana L. España
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Ms. Ana Maria Garcia
Supervising Attorney
Neighborhood Legal Services of
Los Angeles County

Hon. Barry P. Goode
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Contra Costa

Ms. Tammy L. Grimm
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Imperial

Hon. Maria D. Hernandez
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Orange

Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Francisco

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. Sheila Conlon Mentkowski
Chief, Client Assistance Program (CAP)
Department of Rehabilitation

Hon. William J. Murray, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Third Appellate District

Ms. Raquelle Myers
Staff Attorney
National Indian Justice Center

Ms. Julie S. Paik
Director
County of Sonoma, Child Support

Ms. Leigh Parsons
Supervising Attorney
Superior Court Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

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. Bobbi Tillmon
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Ms. Kimberly C. Tucker
Director
Sonoma County Public Law Library

Hon. Vanessa W. Vallarta
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Monterey

Hon. Erica R. Yew
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Hon. Daniel Zeke Zeidler
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER) Liaisons

Mr. Roderic Cathcart
Senior Attorney
Center for Judiciary Education and Research
Judicial Council of California

Ms. Linda McCulloh
Senior Attorney
Center for Judiciary Education and Research
Judicial Council of California

Office of Governmental Affairs Liaison

Mr. Alan Herzfeld
Attorney
Office of Governmental Affairs
Judicial Council of California

Judicial Council Staff to the Committee

Kyanna Williams
Attorney
Center for Families, Children & the Courts Operations and Programs Division
Judicial Council of California

Women of Color/Gender Fairness
Racial and Ethnic Fairness
Krieger Sexual Orientation Fairness
Access for Persons with Disabilities

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.



See also: Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan
The Joint Working Group is composed of two Judicial Council advisory groups: Access & Fairness Advisory Committee and the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel, and also includes bench officers, court staff, and certified and registered court interpreters (both contractors and court employees).

Contact Information

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

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