Judge Sherrill A Ellsworth ( RET) is the Past Presiding Judge of Riverside County, a Judicial Educator and former Family Law Judge. After nearly 20 years on the bench she has earned a reputation for being a straight-forward, no-nonsense, fair judicial officer. A broadly talented jurist and settlement expert, Judge Ellsworth has effectively handled complex civil litigation cases, family law, felony criminal trials, and general trials throughout her 25 years of lawyering and judging. Judge Ellsworth was one of the court's most respected and admired bench officers, earning the trust and revere of her colleagues and the lawyers who appeared before her. She has received many awards for her Judicial contributions and innovations over the years including the American Business Women’s Association Woman of the Year for Judicial Leadership, J Reuben Clark Lawyer of the Year Los Angeles , California Consumer Lawyers of California Doug E Weathers Award , Western State University Hall of Fame inductee .Judge Ellsworth was a voting member of California’s Judicial Council . She was a member of the Strategic Evaluation Committee appointed by the Chief Justice . Judge Ellsworth served on various committees including the Trial Court Budget Working Group, Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, Domestic Violence Education Committee and Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants. She is a nationally recognized judicial educator on subjects such as domestic violence, child custody , family law , and child well being issues. Judge Sherrill A Ellsworth has been working to improve families and parenting for over 20 years as a judicial innovator and educator.
Julia F. Weber, JD, MSW, has spent her career developing innovative approaches to solving complex issues facing families, children, and communities. She pursued her law and social work degrees simultaneously and as a result, brings a cohesive and comprehensive perspective to family and legal issues. She has trained thousands of mediators, attorneys, and court staff, developing creative, well-informed content that helps shape thinking in the family law field. Julia served as Supervising Attorney for the California Judicial Council at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts for 17 years where for over 10 years she was co-counsel to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, helping to inform judicial branch policy statewide. During her tenue, she also staffed the Elkins Family Law Task Force, the Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure Task Force, and the Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. She is a mediator, and a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Julia has represented children in family court and worked on policy and educational content on minor's counsel, children's involvement in court proceedings, and access to justice, diversity, and preventing and addressing bias. Julia brings her unique experience working within court systems – including the largest court system in the country – as well as with judicial branch, access to justice, and social service leadership, to identify and implement creative and effective approaches to coParenting, dispute resolution, and technology designed to support families.