Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary

Hon. Richard Nunes, Chair

The public's trust and confidence in the justice system is enhanced when they see that the judges deciding their cases resembles the vast racial, ethnic, and cultural groups that make up American society. Likewise, a diverse judicial branch expands an individual judge's perspective in making decisions that impact a diverse population. The Judicial Division Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary (SCDJ), provides a catalyst to promote equal participation of minorities in the profession through educational experiences, outreach opportunities and numerous publications.

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2019 Annual Meeting

During the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting, the SCDJ events will be on Wednesday, August 7 at the UC Hastings College of the Law's Louis B. Mayer Auditorium.

1:00pm - 3:30pm: The Youth Outreach Program will be with students from a variety of local schools and youth programs.

4:00pm - 5:30pm: The Business Meeting will discuss upcoming SCDJ projects.

6:00pm - 7:30pm: The Evening Program will present a Path to the Bench panel to the incoming class of law students in UC Hastings' Legal Education Opportunity Program.  

7:30pm - 8:30pm: The Reception will offer those who attended the SCDJ events a chance to relax and mingle with other attendees and the UC Hastings LEOP students.

Please contact julianna.peacock@americanbar.org for more information or to RSVP to any of the events.

Committee Work & Projects

Youth Outreach Program
This SCDJ is responsible for arranging and coordinating an outreach event to a school or other facility in the locale where the ABA Judicial Division holds its Annual and Midyear Meetings. Through their outreach events, the SCDJ aims to open doors to the judiciary for young folks across the country

This SCDJ is responsible for planning, designing and presenting educational programs at ABA meetings and recommending co-sponsorship of programs with other entities.

Judicial Division Diversity Plan 
This SCDJ evaluated various ABA Section Diversity Plans in light of the needs of the Judicial Division and designed a Judicial Division Diversity Plan.  The Judicial Division Council met at the August 2004 Annual Meeting and, with minor changes, approved and implemented the Judicial Division Diversity Action Plan.


Julie Peacock
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Chicago, IL 60654