Los Angeles Superior Court officials Tuesday announced the creation of a judicial mentorship program that is designed to identify, encourage and provide mentors for people who are considering careers on the bench.

The program is the first of its kind in Los Angeles County and will work with all sectors of the legal community, including bar associations, public interest organizations, government attorneys, private law firms and solo practitioners to develop wide-ranging outreach, officials said.

Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile and Presiding Judge-Elect Eric Taylor have appointed a standing committee comprising a diverse group of judges, according to court officials.

The program is being undertaken in collaboration with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and Martin Jenkins, who served as Newsom’s judicial appointments secretary and was recently nominated by the governor to fill retired California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin’s seat on the state’s highest court.

“We are excited to collaborate with Justice Martin Jenkins, who has guided the Newsom administration’s efforts to build a judiciary that reflects the people they serve,” Brazile said in a statement released by the court.

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