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Judicial Arbitrator to Rule 4 Neutral

Posted By Amy R. Carlson, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Last month, I wrote about being a Rule 4 Early Settlement Neutral.  Rule 4 neutrals are apparently a rare breed.  We need more of them and so I'm writing about them again.   

I found out this week that being a judicial arbitrator is not the same as being a Rule 4 neutral.  It turns out that if you are listed as a judicial arbitrator, you'll have to fill out a short form to become a Rule 4 neutral---the two do not overlap. 

Because there is no overlap, the Superior Court is short on Rule 4 neutrals and long on judicial arbitrators.  If you're seeing this message, you're already one step closer to helping out your legal community and making a few dollars at the same time.  Go to and fill out the form.   

The Court could also use your help in recruiting Temporary Judges.  Temporary Judges can serve as Judicial Officers at the Superior Court.  (Any of you with aspirations of becoming a judge should pay attention) 

Qualified and experienced attorneys may volunteer their time to serve as part of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara's Temporary Judge Program.  They are appointed and serve at the discretion of the Court. 

I have not yet applied for this prestigious opportunity as I am on the Judiciary Committee, but it looks rewarding and quite interesting.  They even provide training (which I have heard may get you some MCLE credits).   

As I said before, any of these opportunities are a great way to meet new people and reunite with old friends (or enemies---whatever).  Giving back to a Court that has given you a home away from home in your career is the best way to show your passion for the law and your compassion for the people of Santa Clara County. 

Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please jot me a note in the comment section below. 


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