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.

There are no meetings currently scheduled



2014 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
  • 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 San Luis Obispo, Department of Child Support Services
  • 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) Liaison

  • 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

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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