News Release

Supreme Court Names Appointments to Ethics Committee, State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners

Oct 24, 2022

The California Supreme Court has named members to its Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions and to the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners.

The court reappointed two current members and appointed one new member to the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO), an independent committee that helps inform the judiciary and the public on judicial ethics topics.

The appointees are:

  • Justice Marla Miller, of the First District Court of Appeal, Division 2, and Santa Clara County Judge Erica Yew, each reappointed to a second four-year term starting Jan. 1.
  • A new member, Sacramento County Judge Hakim Mesiwala, will start her first term Jan. 1. Judge Mesiwala will replace San Francisco County Judge Curtis Karnow.

The Supreme Court of California also made two appointments to the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners.

The committee’s roles include development and administration of the California Bar Exam and oversight of the moral character determination and admissions processes for attorneys. The committee also accredits state law schools and registers unaccredited state law schools.

In 2018, California Rule of Court rule 9.4 shifted the power to appoint committee members from the State Bar Board of Trustees to the California Supreme Court.

The appointees are:

  • Fresno County Superior Court Judge Amy Guerra, to her first four-year term starting Nov. 1.  Judge Guerra will replace Los Angeles County Judge Shelly B. Torrealba.
  • Attorney Ashley Silva-Guzman, a recent Bar admittee, will begin her first four-year term Nov. 1. Silva-Guzman was admitted to the bar in 2021 and is a 2021 graduate of McGeorge School of Law. She currently practices employment law as an associate at Abramson Labor Group in Los Angeles. 
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