The CWL evaluation process is uniquely thorough, CWL evaluations are well-respected by both California's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (the "JNE Commission") and the Judicial Appointments Unit of the Governor's Office.
How to apply for a CWL Judicial Evaluation
An applicant should contact the CWL office for more information on the judicial evaluation process. The request may be made by phone, by mail, by fax, or by e-mail. The request should include the applicant's name, address, and position applied for (i.e., superior or appellate court). CWL’s address is 700 R Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811, phone (916) 930-9020, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CWL will respond with a packet of materials which the applicant should complete and return to the CWL office. The applicant should also forward to the CWL office the following items: (1) mailing labels containing the names and addresses of at least fifty professional references including those of judges, opposing counsel, and other professionals identified in the application to the governor's office, (2) a writing sample, (3) a current résumé, and (4) a check in the amount of $100.00. The packet of materials provides additional detailed instructions.
Once CWL receives the applicant's completed packet, the evaluation will be assigned to a CWL board member to complete the evaluation process, which will include a personal or telephone interview with the applicant. Upon completion of the evaluation, the CWL board member will present findings to the full CWL Board of Governors so that an evaluation discussion made be made and a rating (Exceptionally Well Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified, Not Qualified or Decline to Rate) assigned. Thereafter, CWL will send a letter to the Governor's office containing CWL’s evaluation.