The Honorable Mark E. Cullers

Fresno County Superior Court, Department 20


The Hon. Mark E. Cullers is a judge for the Superior Court of Fresno County in California. He was first appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to replace the Hon. M. Bruce Smith on November 17, 2015.

Judge Cullers earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining the bench, Cullers was a law clerk from 1984 to 1986 at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard. He eventually became an associate attorney at the firm, a role he performed from 1986 until 1988. In 1988 he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant U.S. attorney. In 1997 he began serving as deputy chief eventually becoming chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, Fresno Division in 2003.

Cullers is also an Adjunct Professor at San Joaquin College of Law where he teaches Criminal Trial Practice. He is a member of the Law School Faculty Committee there.

From 2008-2016 he was President of the Hugh Goodwin Bar Association. He was on the Board of Directors for the Fresno County Bar from 2005-2007 and 2013-2015. He also co-founded the Fresno Unified School District’s E-Mentoring Program.

Judge Cullers is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He was also given the Blaine E. Pettit Memorial Mentor Award by the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association in recognition of his contributions toward the development of new lawyers.

He is a Democrat.

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