Judicial Mentor Program

In an effort to increase diversity in the judiciary, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission implemented a Judicial Mentor Program. The program provides mentors for attorneys interested in becoming judges through the appointment or electoral process.

Judicial mentors are meant to provide guidance, support, and encouragement to attorneys as they navigate the path to become a judge. The judicial mentor will meet with the mentee, review their application and prepare them for screening panels and the interview process. The Commission endeavors to match the attorney with a judge who has undergone the same process, appointed or elected, and who presides in the court for which the attorney is aspiring.

The time commitment for mentors is open-ended allowing the mentors to establish a flexible relationship.



To request a judicial mentor, please complete the judicial mentor request form.  Individuals interested in being paired with a judicial mentor should be admitted to the bar for a minimum of five years.  If you have any questions about the Judicial Mentor Program, please email the Commission at [email protected].



Judicial mentors have proven to be an invaluable resource to attorneys seeking judicial position. Please consider sharing your wisdom and experience by serving as a mentor in the Commission's judicial mentor program. 

To volunteer as a mentor, please complete the judicial mentor interest form.  For additional information, please e-mail Mary Lynn Nicolas-Brewster, Executive Director, at [email protected]

Sitting judges interested in serving as mentors are encouraged to review Opinion 16-151 of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

Hon. Joanne D. Quinones - Chair of the Judicial Mentor Program, Commission Member, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County


Judicial Applications

New York State Court of Claims – Judicial Appointment Questionnaire

New York City Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary - UNIFORM JUDICIAL QUESTIONNAIRE