Conversations on Racial Justice



America’s judges confront the system’s culpability for racial injustice and mount a search for solutions

Judging the Judiciary on Race

In the wake of the George Floyd killing and subsequent protests against police brutality and racial injustice, the NJC is convening the judiciary’s first national self-examination on the issue of racial injustice.

All judges and other justice system professionals are invited to participate in this series of free webinars that will feature prominent state supreme court justices, academics, prosecutors and defense counsel, even Hollywood figures responsible for how judges are portrayed in film.

The Model Code compels you to ensure equal justice. The point of this groundbreaking series is to ask what may be uncomfortable questions in the pursuit of ways to rid the justice system of racism.

● Read the resolution unanimously adopted by the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators pledging action to eradicate systemic racism and make the courts fairer to people of color.

● Read about or donate to the College’s Fund for Racial Justice.

Past Recorded Conversations
A Conversation with the Washington Supreme Court About Racial Justice

Aired Thursday, August 27

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Racial Fairness and the Courts: A Discussion with the ABA President and the Chief Justices of Missouri and South Carolina and the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia

Aired Monday, August 31

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A Conversation About Artificial Intelligence, Fairness and the Criminal Justice System

Aired Tuesday, September 1 

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Justice System Reform Ideas from Law School Deans and Jurists to Improve Public Trust and Confidence

Aired October 7, 2020

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Least Biased of Us All?

Aired October 21, 2020

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Racial Fairness and the Courts: The Role of the Judge in Achieving Racial Justice in the Time of Racial Turmoil

Aired November 18, 2020

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Race, Federal Indian Policy and Access to Water

Aired November 19, 2020

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Racial Fairness and the Courts: A Conversation on Reforming the Criminal and Civil Justice System to Overcome Systemic Racism

Aired December 2, 2020

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