Laura Enderton-Speed is the Supervising Attorney (Assistant Director) over the Office of Governmental Affairs at the Judicial Council of California. Laura was hired by the Judicial Council in October of 2013 and handles the daily operations of the office of governmental affairs and general legislative advocacy for the judicial branch. In this role, Laura also serves as the Judicial Council liaison to the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program and serves as a mentor in the program.
Laura has been in governmental affairs and communications since her fellowship ended in 2004. Prior to working at the Judicial Council, Laura was the Governmental Relations and Legislative Officer for Sacramento County. In this position, Laura managed state, local and federal governmental relations for the county. She also managed the communications and media office at the county.
Laura also spent a number of years in the executive branch—as the Division Chief of Stakeholder Relations for the California Public Employees Retirement System (more commonly known as CalPERS) and as the Deputy Chief of External Affairs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In both of these positions, Laura managed statewide outreach and communications to interested stakeholders and the public.
Laura also worked in the California State Senate as a policy consultant for the Senate Republican Office of Policy for five years. This is the same office Laura had been placed in as a fellow. Through her time at the Legislature, Laura handled a myriad of issues include public safety, judiciary, local government, public employment/retirement, labor and employment, and environmental quality.
Laura also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she currently teaches the course Persuasive Analysis Strategies & Skills. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from San Jose State University and her juris doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
The fellowship is so much more than just doing “work” in your placement, it is an opportunity to learn new professional skills and to build a professional network. Relationships I built as a fellow continue to impact my career, sometimes on a daily basis.