Mark E. Cullers was born in Bangkok, Thailand on July 5, 1958. After moving to Sacramento when he was 7, Mark discovered tennis and Arthur Ashe became his idol. Growing up, he played both the Northern California and national junior tennis circuits.
Mark attended UCLA and played varsity tennis there. He was a member of the 1979 NCAA National Championship Tennis Team at UCLA. Mark attended George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., receiving his law degree in 1984. After law school, he then joined the law firm of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard in Sacramento, California. At the law firm, he practiced both education and business law. Mark left private practice in 1988 and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno to become a federal prosecutor. He has tried over 30 federal criminal jury trials in his career. He became Chief of the Fresno U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2003.
He is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Fresno County Young Lawyers Blaine Pettit Memorial Mentor Award.
He is an Adjunct Professor at San Joaquin College of Law, teaching a class every Spring semester on Criminal Trial Practice. He is also a member of the Law School Faculty Committee. He is a co-founder of the Fresno Unified School District’s E-Mentoring Program, which connects local professionals with high school students in mentoring relationships throughout the City.
He was President of the Hugh Goodwin Bar Association (the local bar association comprised of African-American lawyers and judges)from 2008-2016 and was a member of the Fresno County Bar Board of Directors from 2005-2007 and 2013-2015.
In November, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mark to the Fresno County Superior Court. Mark assumed his role as a Judge in Superior Court in January, 2016, and is currently assigned to Department 13, hearing misdemeanor criminal cases.