El Centro CA. - Imperial County Superior Court is pleased to announce their participation in the Inland Counties Judicial Mentorship Program that provides mentors to attorneys interested in pursuing a judicial appointment. In conjunction with Riverside and San Bernandino County Superior Courts, the Inland Counties Judicial Mentorship Program's primary goal is conveying to the legal community the inform message and commitment to the appointment of highly capabel, qualified and diverse judicial applicants relfective of our state's various ethnic groups.

Applicants should complete the Judicial Mentor Online Application. Once processed, the applicant will be scheduled for an appointment with the Assistant Presiding Judge.

The program was developed to assist attorneys interested in applying for a Superior Court Judicial position. Accepted applicants into the Inland Empire Judicial Mentorship Program will be assigned a mentor Judge who will provide guidance, support, and encouragement throughout the judicial application process. Judicial mentees, to the extend possible, will be paired with mentors of similar personal and professional background who will assist in answering questions about the application, appointment and vetting process and review their judicial application.

Prospective mentees should be in good standing with the State Bar of California. Priority will be provided to those who already applied or are eligible to apply and intend to do so within the next 12 months. Attorneys who do not meet these criteria may still apply to the program for a mentor who can provide general guidance for any future judicial application.

Ready to Apply? Please click the following link and fill out the form Judicial Mentorship Program Application - Imperial

The Governor's Office wants to expand the pool of qualified judicial applicants from diverse legal backgrounds and diverse communities. It believes that this program may help encourage prospective applicants to complete the application process, particularly those who may self-select out of the application process.

The Court will pair the mentee with a mentor judge. The mentor judge will help demystify the judicial appointment process, answer questions about the judicial application, and may suggest new experiences to improve the mentee's skills.

You must apply. Please click the following link and fill out the form Judicial Mentorship Program Application - Imperial
No. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

A mentee must:

  1. have at least 10 years of experience as a lawyer in California and be licensed in California for at least 10 years;
  2. be in good standing with the Bar
  3. be committed to public service

Those from legal backgrounds and communities underrepresented in the judiciary are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pairings will be based on common areas of legal practice, affinity bar memberships, and other factors. There is no guarantee that a particular mentee will be assigned a mentor judge whose interests closely align with theirs.

Not necessarily. Mentees will assigned based on the based on the availability of judicial mentors.

Each mentor and mentee will be formally matched for a maximum period of 12 months.

The program is not intended to supplant any existing program or previous relationship but, instead, should complement those efforts.

You will receive an email from the California Judicial Mentor Program Committee.

No. The program is designed to help you in your career development and in preparing an application. It is not designed to give certain applicants an inside track. Applicants who do not participate in this program are not disadvantaged.

Yes. Members of the Governor's Judicial Selection Advisory Committee (JSAC) will not serve as mentors.