Fairness & Diversity
2019 National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts Annual Conference
Join us in Miami Biscayne Bay for our 31st Annual Conference at the beautiful Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay from May 19-22, 2019. The conference theme: “Pursuing the Dream: Continuing the Struggle for Racial and Ethnic Justice in America” will challenge us to explore the promise of equality in our Judiciary and share best practices from the many states who are actively working to ensure fairness and equity for court users. We will present vital information and important educational opportunities for judges, attorneys, public officials, community organizers and other stakeholders on issues pertaining to access and fair treatment in our justice system. Register online or print out a registration form.
The conference hotel is the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132. The special conference rate is $149/night plus taxes. The cutoff date for hotel reservations at the special rate is Friday, April 26, 2019. To make reservations go to their website: Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay.
We are excited to announce the presentation of the Equity Achievement Award to a deserving individual or organization whose exceptional commitment to Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts has significantly impacted their community. Nominations are being accepted until April 19, 2019. For more information on the Equity Achievement Award click here.
2015 - 2016 Best Practices Guide
“Justice without diversity can never be perceived as just.” - The Honorable James E.C. Perry
Much progress and understanding has been achieved by the work of this Committee since its creation, but fairness and diversity issues still remain a challenge in the courts. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity presents this Diversity Best Practices Guide – a positive and practical tool that can be used for recognizing and eliminating biased behaviors from court operations.
This guide is not designed as a comprehensive guide on fairness and diversity in the courts. Rather, it strives to serve as a useful resource for court diversity teams and the Judicial Branch.
2008 Final Report: Perceptions of Fairness and Diversity in the Florida Courts
After analyzing input from thousands of judges, court employees, attorneys, litigants, jurors, and other interested persons, the Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity has issued a report that documents current perceptions of fairness in the court system.
The Committee was established to assist the courts in identifying and eliminating any bias based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, financial status, or any characteristic that is without legal relevance.
Following are previous Florida committee reports, previous Florida Bar studies and national studies and articles on the subject of fairness and diversity. (Opening the following files requires that you have Adobe Acrobat loaded on your computer. Some of the files are large, so allow adequate download time.)
New Work products of the Standing Committee
- Recognizing and Eliminating Bias from Court Operations
- Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity Compilation of Court-Community Relations Activities
- Promoting and Ensuring the Diversity of Judicial Staff Attorneys and Law Clerks within the Florida State Courts System
- Law Clerk Resume Repository Staff attorney and law clerk applicants - Post resumes here)
Previous Florida Committee Reports
- Gender Bias Study Commission (Executive Summary)
- Gender Bias – Then And Now Continuing Challenges In The Legal System
- Guardianship Monitoring (2003)
- Florida Supreme Court Committee On Court-Related Needs Of The Elderly And Persons With Disabilities Action Plan
- Florida Statewide Public Opinion Survey (Executive Summary)
- Judicial Administration Of The Baker Act And Its Effect On Florida’s Elders (Executive Summary)
- Jury Accessibility For Older Persons And Persons With Disabilities In Florida
- “Where The Injured Fly For Justice” Report And Recommendations Of The Florida Supreme Court Racial And Ethnic Bias Study Commission (1990)
- “Where The Injured Fly For Justice” Report And Recommendations Of The Florida Supreme Court Racial And Ethnic Bias Study Commission (1991)
“Where The Injured Fly For Justice” Report And Recommendations Of The Florida Supreme Court Racial And Ethnic Bias Study Commission
Previous Bar Studies
- Diversity In The Legal Profession (The Florida Bar, for questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Perceptions Of Lawyers: The Client’s View (The Florida Bar, for questions, contact email@example.com)
National Studies and Articles
- Establishing And Operating A Task Force Or Commission On Racial And Ethnic Bias In The Courts (Copyright 1995 National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Va. Used with permission.)
- How Recent Court Users View The State Courts: Perceptions Of Whites, African-Americans, And Latinos (Copyrighted National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Va. Used with permission.)
- How The Public Views The State Courts (A 1999 National Study) (Copyright 1999 National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Va. Used with permission.)
- Leadership Development Conference: Courts for the 21st Century (Upstate Conference) Report - Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission On Minorities January 2005.