Inland Empire Judicial Applicant Mentorship Program

San Bernardino Superior Court has an overall need of 43 judges – the highest need in the state. “We are pleased to be working with the Governor’s Judicial Appointment Secretary Luis Céspedes to see that our bench becomes more diverse and reflective of the greater diversity in the state of California and San Bernardino County as a whole,” said Presiding Judge Michael A. Sachs.

In partnership with Riverside Superior Court, we have formalized our Inland Empire Judicial Mentorship Applicant Program to bring awareness of the judicial need in the Inland Empire and to ensure prospective candidates have support during the judicial application process.

PROGRAM PURPOSE
The purpose of this program is to formalize the recruitment and development of qualified and diverse judicial candidates in both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The program is designed to identify, encourage and provide mentors for all individuals considering a judicial career.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
If an attorney is interested in applying to be a judge, they will be invited to speak to the Presiding Judge for an introduction and overview of the program. Prospective applicants will be offered one-on-one mentorship by a judge assigned to discuss career objectives, answer questions, and review the application. Participation in the mentor program is not a guarantee of appointment.

COLLABORATION WITH BAR GROUPS
San Bernardino and Riverside Counties collaborate with local bar association that already have judicial recruitment programs. The program is not intended to replace existing bar programs, but to complement efforts by providing bar associations with current insight into the Governor’s judicial qualifications and priorities.

NEXT STEPS
Prospective applicants should complete the Judicial Mentor Program Request Form and contact the Executive Office by calling 909-708-8767 to schedule an appointment to meet with the Presiding Judge. For more information and instructions on how to complete the Judicial Applicant Application, please visit the State of California’s website https://www.gov.ca.gov/instructions-for-completing-judicial-appointment-applications/.