Judges Napa, Sonoma and Marin from among those selected for the mentorship panel


A California judicial mentoring program currently consists of judges from three North Bay counties as well as a judge from Solano County.

Napa County Superior Court Judge Monique Langhorne, Sonoma County Judge Chris Honigsberg and Marin County Judge Andrew Sweet will be part of a North Bay task force for the Justice Mentorship Program. State. Solano County Judge Christine Carringe will also be in the group, the group said Thursday.

The North Bay Project is a partnership with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, which in July launched the Judicial Mentorship Program – which includes sections for appellate and trial courts – to help create a more inclusive justice system.

“The remarkable diversity of our state is a point of pride and strength that I am committed to advancing at all levels of state government,” Newsom said in the statement. “This mentorship program supports our efforts to identify the best and brightest judicial candidates from across the state, contributing to a stronger, more inclusive bench to better serve all Californians.”

Judges serving in the North Bay Regional Collaboration will communicate with all sectors of the legal community, including bar associations, nonprofit legal organizations, local firms and independent practitioners, to support lawyers considering legal action. sit in local courts of first instance. The program will strive to identify and provide forensic mentors to these attorneys, and provide information on the judicial appointment process, answer questions about the nomination and verification, and make recommendations to improve suitability for the legal profession. nomination.

“The process of applying, reviewing and ultimately selecting a judge can be cumbersome and intimidating,” Langhorne said in the statement. “Our goal is to help qualified individuals interested in assuming the seat of the Headquarters Officer, both as a support resource and as a mentor, as they navigate the judicial nomination process. In doing so, we will work collaboratively to encourage a diverse group of applicants to pursue public service through the state justice system. “

A native of Vallejo, Langhorne served Napa County in Child Support Services and the District Attorney’s Office before becoming County Court Commissioner in 2006, overseeing matters such as restraining orders, custody of children, misdemeanor indictments, drug court and traffic violations. She was appointed to the Napa County bench in 2018 by the government of the day. Jerry Brown and was elected to a full four-year term as a judge in March 2020.

Honigsberg was appointed in February 2018, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Elliot Daum. He previously served as the Assistant District Attorney in Sonoma County.

The 38-year-old when he was selected for the bench, Petaluma’s Honigsberg was the youngest person in recent history to join the 20-member bench.

Sweet was appointed a judge in 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

The Democratic Press contributed to this report.


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