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Posted by: Elvira Cortez on Nov 15, 2019

I am proud to announce that former Lawyers Club President Olga Álvarez and Lawyers Club member Judy Bae have been appointed by Governor Newsom to the Superior Court of California, San Diego. Olga Álvarez has been a member of Lawyers Club since 2003 and has co-chaired the Diverse Women’s Committee, Membership Development Committee and 50th Anniversary Committee, served on the Lawyers Club Board, and served as Lawyers Club President in 2017-2018. Judy Bae has been a member of Lawyers Club since 2013. I would also like to congratulate Judge Terrie Roberts, a court commissioner since 2008, who was also appointed to the bench and sworn in on October 28, 2019. Judge Roberts served as a speaker at Lawyers Club’s first Women of Color Reception in 2013. As leaders in the legal community and masters of their craft, these women have advanced our mission. We should all celebrate their achievements.

While we are thrilled that the three judges that Governor Newsom appointed are women, there is still much to do for women to eliminate the gavel gap. Despite comprising half the population, women only make up thirty-six percent of judges as of 2019. Likewise, the judiciary lacks a fair representation of women of color. While the Judicial Council of California does not identify demographics for judges based on a combination of gender and race, its annual judicial survey has shown that Asians comprise of 7.8%, Blacks comprise of 7.5%, and Latinos comprise 10.8% of superior court judges. Accordingly, the percentages for women of color would be lower than for those of men. As we celebrate the achievements of these women, we must continue to advocate to close the gavel gap for all women.

Elvira Cortez practices business and commercial litigation and employment defense at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP and is the 2019-2020 president of Lawyers Club.


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