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Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award: Call for Nominations

The Lawyers Conference is accepting nominations for the 2019 Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award, given annually to a person or organization who has made a significant positive impact on public understanding of the role of the judiciary in a democratic society. The award is to be presented during the 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting. Nominations are due to Julie Peacock by December 7, 2018.

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FREE Event Tickets at the 2019 Midyear Meeting

Access the Judicial Division's Guide to the 2019 Midyear Meeting with complimentary events, meeting highlights, volunteer opportunities and much more.

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National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW)

NJOW was established to encourage judges and lawyers who support a fair and impartial judiciary to engage the community directly and to confirm the public’s commitment to ensuring that the courts remain fair and impartial. NJOW will take place March 1 – 10, 2019. Materials and tools are available to assist with planning your presentation.

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The High-Profile Case: Where the Courts & The Media Meet

The JD Courts and Community Relations Committee is pleased to introduce a new guide to prepare courts, media, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the community for high-profile cases. The guide includes two sets of materials: (1) A presentation for members of the judicial branch, including court personnel (such as clerks, interpreters and bailiffs), to provide to members of the public, the legal community, and the media regarding the unique challenges that judges face in dealing with high-profile cases; and (2) A checklist of issues for judges to consider when assigned a high-profile case. A PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of the criminal and civil litigation process and explains the constraints on information sharing during those processes is also available.

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How Can We Fight to Reduce Bias? 6th Circuit Judge Bernice Donald Shares Her Thoughts

Studies have shown that implicit bias is something that affects everyone to some degree. So what steps can legal professionals at all ranks take to make the justice system fairer and more equitable?

Enhancing Justice: Reducing Bias

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