Collaborative Judicial Bootcamp Curriculum

These four hour programs developed in deep collaboration with affinity bar organizations in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota: include tracks for people at difference stages of their legal career; recognize the important role of recruitment in changing the perceptions of who is qualified to sit on the bench and use personal outreach to potential participants and decision-makers; encourage individuals and organizations to think carefully and “outside the box” about future judicial talent; and involve judicial decision-makers as session leaders to give them direct experience with a deeper, more robust candidate pool.  Through the bootcamp format under-represented individuals receive coaching and mentoring from individuals that influence selection processes directly or indirectly.  After years of feeling left out of the process, a reality affirmed by many of the judges of color who served as facilitators, participants felt like they were finally getting the same kind of information that white men have always been privy to through association with the types of “power brokers” leading the workshops.  One participant said “it is all so democratic!”


The Infinity Project Collaborative Bootcamp model covers a half day and includes three tracks: (1) lawyers with less than ten years of experience that may serve on the bench sometime in the future; (2) lawyers with more than 10 years of experience that may be interested in service on the state district court bench; and (3) sitting judges and others with significant experience that may be considering state appellate or federal courts.  For sample agendas, please contact  Julie Morrison.


Personal invitations to potential participants and decision-maker facilitators are a key part of the Collaborative Bootcamp model.  Affinity bar partners can use this exercise to think deeply about the talent in their community and a personal invitation has the potential to change the perceptions of under-represented lawyers about their qualifications to serve.  Involvement of key judicial decision-makers as session leaders gives them an opportunity to see first hand the talent pool from under-represented communities and question processes that do not include that talent.  Example invitations are available upon request.

Path to the Bench Plan

We have developed a My Journey to the Bench planning tool that potential applicants can use to plot short and long term strategies in a variety of categories, such as Information Gathering, Relationship Building, Building a Resume, Developing a Story/Brand, and Keeping Track of Information you will need to apply in the future. Request a copy of the plan from Julie Morrison at

For Supporters


Review of Judicial Merit Selection:  Institutional Design and Performance for State Courts.  2020

Picking Judges:  An Introduction:  Lisa Montpetit Brabbit.  April 2020

Trump’s Takeover of the Courts:  Lena Zwarensteyn.  April 2020

Pipeline to the Bench:  Women’s Legal Careers:  Linda Greenhouse.  April 2020

The Case for Districts:  Descriptive Rural Representation on State Supreme Courts:  Nathaniel M. Fouch.  April 2020

Pernicious Bias and Judicial Illegitimacy:  Do Americans Perceive Diverse Judges as Inherently Biased?  April 2020

Ebook:  Open Judicial Politics:  Solberg, Diascro, Walternburg.  2020

EChapter:  Open Judicial Politics:  Public Attitudes Towards State Courts.  2020

Book:  Judicial Selection in the States:  Politics and the Struggle for Reform.  HM Kritzer, 2020

Examining Gender and Race Intersectionality in Public Law School Admissions and Enrollment, April 2020

Women of SCOTUS:  An Analysis of the Different Voice Debate:  JE Kraybill, Open Judicial Politics, 2020

Hastings Business Law Journal:  Women and (In) Justice:  The Effects of Employer Implicit Bias and Judicial Discretion on Title VII Plaintiffs: (Summer 2020)

Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter: A new book by Infinity Founder Sally Kenney

Minnesota State Law Library:  Diversity Resources

Sherrilyn Ifill, “Judicial Diversity,” 13 Green Bag 2D 45, 2009

White Male Heterosexist Norms in the Confirmation Process 2011

Critical Perspectives on Gender and Judging 2010

For Aspiring Judges


If you are interested in being a mentor to a woman seeking a judicial appointment or are a woman considering a judicial appointment that would like to be connected with a mentor, please contact Julie Morrison at 952-836-6183 or or the Honorable Mary Vasaly at

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