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New educational resource for courts on implicit bias

A new NCSC report, The Evolving Science of Implicit Bias: An Updated Resource for the State Court Community, is now available at the NCSC website. The report defines commonly used terms originating from the science of implicit bias; explains how the concept of implicit bias fits into broader conversations underway across the country about equity and fairness; and summarizes what is currently known from research in the psychological and brain sciences, including implicit bias interventions generally found to be effective and ineffective.

WEBINAR: Transitioning the Workforce Back to the Office

On April 22, 2021, the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers presented a webinar about tackling the legal and ethical issues facing court leaders as we transition the workforce back to the office. PRESENTERS Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey, CEO, PRAXIS Consulting, Inc. (Denver) Dana Bartocci, Director, Human Resources & Development, Minnesota Judicial Branch…

Tracking structural racism in the North

As a teen in the 1960s, Penny Petersen saw on the news protesters for civil rights being attacked by police dogs or knocked down by fire hoses in the South. These violently racist reactions against Black people requesting their rights seemed very unfair — and quite distant from her Twin Cities life. Many years later, however, she would help reveal a hidden racism close to home.

WEBINAR: Leading Innovation While Combating Exhaustion

On March 18, 2021, the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers presented a webinar about leading innovation while combating exhaustion. This complimentary 75-minute webinar included the following topics: Closing the “Digital Divide” Designing the “New Future of Work” MODERATOR Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey, CEO, PRAXIS Consulting, Inc. (Denver) PANELISTS Hon. Timothy Kenny, Chief…

Arizona courts launch task force to look into no-knock warrants

No-knock warrants allow law enforcement officers to enter a location without knocking and announcing their presence. Virginia banned no-knock warrants in December, making it the third state to do so. Oregon and Florida already ban the type of warrant. According to a report by The Associated Press, Breonna Taylor’s family praised Virginia’s move and stated they hope others would “get on board.” The new task force for the Arizona Supreme Court will provide recommendations to ensure there are safeguards in place and address the training of judicial officers. Recommendations could also include proposed amendments to Arizona court rules and statutes.

WEBINAR: Judicial and Court Security: Lessons Learned in the Time of Covid and Domestic Terror

On February 18, 2021, the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers presented a webinar about ensuring a safe, respectful, government-provided forum for the resolution of disputes, which is a bedrock principle of a democratic justice system. The parties, witnesses, jurors, judicial officers, and court staff in the pursuit of justice are entitled to safeguards against intimidation, threats, and coercion whether at the courthouse, in the community, in their personal lives, or over the internet and social media. Thankfully, numerous training programs, plans and tactics have been developed over the years to protect the places, people, and processes charged with delivering justice.

Chemerinsky: SCOTUS hands down a rare civil rights victory on qualified immunity

Source: ABA e-Journal; February 1, 2021Author: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkley School of Law, University of California Per curiam decisions handed down without briefing and oral argument generally do not get much attention, so it is understandable that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling about qualified immunity in Taylor v. Riojas might have been overlooked, even by…