Bar Committees: Bench / Bar Issues

Bench / Bar Liaison

To ensure continuity, committee comprised of current Executive officers, who:

  • coordinate overall relationship between CCCBA and Contra Costa Superior Court and court administrator’s office
  • address issues of professional courtesy, bias and diversity
  • oversee bar volunteer programs with local court

Chair: Phil Andersen

Judicial Bias Committee

Addresses allegations by participants in a court proceeding (includes, but is not limited to counsel, court personnel, witnesses, parties or jurors) who believe a judicial officer has engaged in the act of bias based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or mental impairment, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, marital status, medical condition, or race bias in the courts. The purpose of this Committee is not one of discipline, but to educate and preserve the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system.

Bench Rep: Honorable John Sugiyama
Bar Reps: Robin Pearson, Chair
Mike Brewer, Vice-Chair
John Cavin
Wendy McGuire Coats

Bench/Bar Coalition

Bar Representative: Dick Frankel
Back-up: Helen Peters

Judicial Evaluation

Conducts confidential evaluation of candidates for nomination to Superior Courts.

Chair: Katie Fox
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Bacon

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