Committee Purpose

The mission of the Committee is to examine the qualifications and judicial temperament of judicial candidates who seek PALSD’s endorsement. PALSD encourages qualified Asian and non-Asian candidates to seek appointment to the bench and endorses judicial candidates to the Governor for appointment. Endorsed candidates should reflect the diversity of the State of California, support the interests and goals of PALSD, and demonstrate ability to contribute to a California judiciary of quality.

The Committee may consider requests for letters of support and/or endorsements for non-partisan, local and county law-related elected positions, such as district attorney and city attorney, as well as candidates for directors of the San Diego County Bar Board.

The Evaluation Process

The Committee considers each candidate’s request for endorsement on a case-by-case basis. The Committee reviews the cover letter and application materials, interviews the candidate in person, and conducts a reference check. The Committee considers, among other factors, past and present nexus to the Asian/Pacific Islander community, to other diversity communities and to PALSD, involvement in community activities, and commitment to diversity. Upon concluding the evaluation, the Committee’s recommendation about the candidate is presented to PALSD’s Board of Directors, who may accept or reject the recommendation.

Who to Contact

The Committee consists of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, and three members at large, and the current president of PALSD, who serves in a nonvoting capacity.

Those seeking endorsements should contact the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson with a cover letter, resume, not more than three professional references, and any other relevant materials. So that that the Committee may properly conduct its due diligence in evaluating a request for endorsement, the candidate should give the Committee ample time for consideration, with a minimum of 30 days notice. The Committee reserves the right to decline endorsement requests based on insufficient time for its evaluation.

Direct questions regarding the process or the Committee to the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson at palsd@hotmail.com

2011 PALSD Evaluation Committee

Chairperson: Sandra T.M. Chong, San Diego Unified School District

Vice Chairperson: Kenji L. Funahashi, Jones Day

2010 PALSD Evaluation Committee

Chairperson: Kenji L. Funahashi, Jones Day

Vice Chairperson: Sandra T.M. Chong, San Diego Unified School District


Members at Large: Robert W. Brownlie, DLA Piper US LLP
Sally M. Lorang, San Diego County, Weights & Measurements
Kenneth R. So, Office of San Diego City Attorney
*Johnny Tran, PALSD President.

* PALSD President is a non-voting member.


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