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, Chair
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
Second Appellate District, Division Seven

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

Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley
President/Founder
Diversity Matters

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

Ms. Rebecca Delfino
Appellate Court Attorney
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Hon. Thomas DeSantos
Presiding Judge of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Kings

Hon. Mei-Le Jacqueline Duong
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

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

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

Hon. Dennis W. Hayashi
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Alameda

Hon. Tamila E. Ipema
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Hon. Victoria Kolakowski
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Alameda

Mr. Kevin Lane
Acting Clerk/Administrator
Court of Appeal
Fourth Appellate District, Division One

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

Hon. John M. Pacheco
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Bernardino

Hon. Maria P. Rivera
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
First Appellate District, Division Four

Hon. Luis A. Rodriguez
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Orange

Ms. Christina M. Volkers
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Hon. Allen Joseph Webster, Jr.
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

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

Court Executives Advisory Committee Liaison

Ms. Christina M. Volkers
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee Liaison

Hon. Thomas DeSantos
Presiding Judge of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Kings

State Bar Liaisons

Ms. Patricia Lee
Special Assistant for Diversity
& Bar Relations
State Bar of California

Ms. Kelli Evans
Director
Office of Legal Services
State Bar of California

Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Liaisons

Mr. Roderic Cathcart
Senior Attorney
Center for Judiciary Education and Research
Administrative Office of the Courts

Ms. Linda McCulloh
Senior Attorney
Center for Judiciary Education and Research
Administrative Office of the Courts

Office of Governmental Affairs Liaison

Mr. Alan Herzfeld
Attorney
Office of Governmental Affairs
Administrative Office of the Courts

AOC Staff to the Committee

Ms. Kyanna Williams
Counsel to the Committee
Attorney
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Judicial and Court Operations Services Division
Administrative Office of the Courts

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
Judicial and Court Operations Services Division
Administrative Office of the Courts
AccessFairnessComm@jud.ca.gov

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