KABA’s Judicial Endorsements Committee provides credible endorsements for judicial candidates seeking judicial appointment or election. KABA’s endorsement process is based on information obtained from meetings with the Governor’s Office. As a result, applicants are subjected to a thorough and rigorous peer-based evaluation process followed by an invitation to interview with the Board of Governors.

To apply, candidates are required to submit the following to kabaconsultant@gmail.com:

  • Contact information for opposing counsel in the candidate’s previous three trials
  • Contact information for two judges whom recently presided over the candidate’s trials
  • Copy of the candidate’s judicial application

References will receive a questionnaire about the candidate’s performance, judicial aptitude, and professional demeanor. In some instances, the Committee will request a phone interview with references to conduct further diligence. Once the questionnaires and interviews are completed, KABA may invite the candidate to interview with the KABA Board of Governors. The Board will inquire about any remaining issues at that time.  The candidate will be required to agree that any and all information and opinions gathered and weighed during the evaluation by KABA, except for the final rating and recommendation of the candidate, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed to the candidate or the public.

After evaluating the candidate’s application for endorsement, the KABA Board of Governors may issue one of four ratings from “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” “Well Qualified,” “Qualified,” or “Not Qualified,” – see definitions below – and provide an appropriate written recommendation to the Office of the Governor of the State of California or the United States Senate and/or the Office of the President of the United States of America on the candidate’s behalf. KABA may also announce the endorsement via public relations and community media channels.

“Exceptionally Well Qualified” candidates possess qualities and attributes considered to be of remarkable or extraordinary superiority so that, without real doubt, the candidate is deemed fit to perform the judicial function with distinction.

“Well Qualified” candidates possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of superior fitness to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness.

“Qualified” candidates possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function adequately and satisfactorily.

“Not Qualified” candidates lack one or more of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily.

KABA is dedicated to the advancement of Korean-American lawyers in the judiciary for the State of California and the United States of America.