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June 13, 2022

ABA program June 16 to address best practices for protecting judges

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2022 – Three judges and a security expert will discuss the best ways to protect judges and court employees at a June 16 webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Judicial Division.

The program, “From Grievance to Attack: A Discussion on Judicial Security and Best Practices for Safety,” comes as attacks and threats against judges in the United States are rising. In fiscal 2021, the U.S. Marshals Service investigated more than 1,300 threats against judges and court personnel. The number tripled in the past two years, according to the Marshals Service’s 2021 annual report.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. EDT.

Panelists will use personal stories to highlight the nature of threats, warning signs and actions taken. Experts will discuss protective strategies and supporting academic research.  Speakers will include:

  • Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans
  • Judge Karen Khalil of the state District Court in Redford Township, Michigan
  • John Muffler, principal of Aequitas Global Security in Tampa, Florida.
  • Judge Linda Bell of the state District Court in Clark County, Nevada, will moderate the discussion.

Journalists wish to attend should contact Marc Davis at [email protected]. Lawyers and judges can register online here. CLE credits are available.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.