The California Latino Judges Association (CLJA) has created the Judicial Appointment Support Committee (JAS) to promote judicial diversity within the Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC).
The number of nonwhite lawyers applying for judicial positions has lagged behind their Caucasian counterparts in recent years. Nonwhites made up 38% of the total applicants in 2014, compared to a high of 54% in 2007. The LASC has held summits, seminars, and numerous community outreach programs to demystify the judicial application process in the hope that more minority lawyers will be encouraged to apply. Nevertheless, the number of minority applicants is not keeping pace to achieve greater diversity on the bench. The CLJA is dedicated to reversing this trend.
JAS MISSION: Identify and mentor qualified Latino/Latina applicants through the judicial appointment process.
JAS GOAL: Provide assistance to applicants in all aspects of the judicial application process. This may consist of reviewing judicial applications and preparing applicants for the interviews with the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluations (JNE), bar associations and the Governor’s office.
JAS OPERATIONS: JAS is headed by Co-Chairs Hon. Paul A. Bacigalupo and Hon. Yolanda Orozco. The co-chairs review judicial applicant requests for assistance and match the applicant with a judicial mentor. JAS does not endorse or provide a letter of recommendation to a judicial applicant. JAS maintains strict confidentiality of the information disclosed by the judicial applicant. JAS will attempt to assist all persons who request assistance.
HOW TO REACH JAS:
Hon. Paul Bacigalupo and Honorable Yolanda Orozco – JAS Co-Chairs
Hon. Sergio C. Tapia – JAS Outreach Liaison