Life as a Judicial Fellow: Day ONE, ONE Word

The class of 2017-18 began their fellowship year last week with Orientation at Sacramento State.  Anxious to jump right in, Fellows reported to work yesterday at courts and offices across California and were asked to describe their first day on the job in just ONE word.  Given the breadth and depth of the first day, this was a challenge!

Cynthia Guerra, Orange County Superior Court  



Alejandra Ruiz, San Francisco County Superior Court



Alexandra Gonzalez, Merced County Superior Court



Belen Flores, Los Angeles Superior Court, Office of Community Relations



Laila Waheed, Placer County Superior Court



Luana Mello, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case Management System



Maggie Lemons, San Bernardino Superior Court



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Paola Dela Cruz, Alameda County Superior Court (pictured with Mentor, Adam Byer)



Tayryn Edwards, Judicial Council, Office of Governmental Affairs



Congratulations to the class of 2017-18!


A warm welcome to the incoming Judicial Fellows, class of 2017-18.  Looking forward to kicking off the fellowship year with you in September!

Luana De Mello, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Paola Dela Cruz, UC Santa Barbara

Tayryn Edwards, The University of Chicago

Belen Flores, American University

Alexandra Gonzalez, UC Berkeley

Jacob Gorham, UC Santa Barbara

Cynthia Guerra, Tufts University

Magdalene Lemons, Pomona

Alejandra Ruiz, University of San Francisco

Laila Waheed, Santa Clara University

Life as a Judicial Fellow: Final seminar of 2016-17

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Judicial Fellows leave the Merced Superior Court, May 2017

Often I am asked what qualities make a successful fellow and/or a fellowship experience. This is a tough question because there are so many right answers to it.  Fellows find success in many different ways, through a variety of experiences during the fellowship year.  Sometimes success is measured in a series of small victories and sometimes it’s measured on a larger scale.  As the class of 2016-17 nears the end of the fellowship year I think all of them have been successful.  Each has demonstrated characteristics such as flexibility, perseverance, tenacity, a desire to learn and grow, and an ability to reach beyond themselves and SERVE the people of California and the judicial branch.

This past week marked the final field and academic seminars for the class of 2016-17.  Our final field seminar took us to Merced Superior Court in the Central Valley.  Fellows had the opportunity to explore a smaller court and hear from a multitude of professionals work in and around the courts about their professional experiences and career tracks.  Additionally, the Fellows were treated to a special tour of the court by Judge Brian McCabe.  After the field seminar, we returned to Sacramento State for the academic seminar where each fellow presented to the class about their Capstone Project.

It is never too early to start thinking about applying for the Judicial Fellowship.  Applications for 2018-19 open in October – stay tuned!