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In her introduction to this issue focused on diversity, Judge Hotten states that our legal system must reflect diversity, while judges and lawyers have the responsibility of improving the quality of justice for all.
Part of the ABA’s bedrock is a commitment to eliminating bias and enhancing diversity. The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360 (DI360) is made up of legal leaders, whose mission is to review, analyze, and develop strategic diversity plans.
An inclusive and representative jury pool is critical to preserving the right to a fair and impartial jury. The authors provide useful guidelines for assessing and improving representativeness in juries.
Diversifying federal courts is a goal of the Judicial Division. Part of this goal involves accurately determining the current state of diversity in the judiciary and then figuring out ways to resolve discrepancies between the judiciary and the population it serves.
For years, rules have been amended in an effort to deal with the cost of complex civil litigation, but the problem has only gotten worse. Instead of more rule amendments, the authors suggest that tighter case management through the regular appointment of special masters is the solution.
Management principles can be useful to motivate individuals in furthering the purpose of an organization. In this article, the authors consider how management principles for nonprofits can effectively be adapted for the courts.
Judge Missouri has passionately pursued the road less traveled to address inequalities experienced by persons of color in the judicial and legal systems. His inspiring story highlights challenges and groundbreaking successes he has made along the way.
Judge Dixon reviews that which he considers a never-ending battle between the advancement of telephone technologies and the extent of the protection provided by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Judges who vigilantly address breaches of diversity in their courtroom, including staff and jury pool selection, will increase confidence in a judiciary that might not be as diverse as its population.