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Pathways to the Bench

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June 7 @ 11:30 am 5:30 pm

Pathways to the Bench | June 7

Milton Marks Conference Center, Lower Level
455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco

Considering a Career on the Bench?

Join the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association for Pathways to the Bench on June 7, 2024 at the Milton Marks Conference Center in San Francisco! Immerse yourself in insightful discussions and gain vital information about becoming a judge in state or federal court. Hear directly from those involved in the selection processes. Learn from judges about their experiences with the application process. Engage in a special roundtable with panelists and others. Register today to begin navigating your own Pathway to the Bench!

Meet Our Speakers

  • Luis Céspedes, Governor Newsom’s Judicial Appointments Secretary
  • Hon. Teri L. Jackson, Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Presiding Justice, Division Five
  • David Casey, Statewide Chair, Senator Butler’s Judicial Evaluation Process
  • Daniel Suvor, Statewide Chair, Senator Padilla’s Judicial Evaluation Com
  • Hon. Beth Freeman, U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.
  • Hon. Kandis Westmore, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.
  • Chhaya Malik, 2024 JNE Commission Chair
  • Hon. Suzanne Bolanos, Judge, Superior Court of San Francisco 
  • Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte (Ret.), Judge, Alameda County Superior Court

Schedule TBD


Lunch and Refreshments Mixer Included

  • $95—Litigation Section Member
  • $125—Non-Section Member
  • $50—Government, Non-Profit, Students, New Lawyers and Panel Attorneys


CA Association of Black Lawyers
Charles Houston Bar Association

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