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Promoting Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts


Overview

The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission was established in June 1991 to educate and advise decision makers in the New York Court System on issues affecting both employees and litigants of color; and to implement recommendations developed to address said issues.

Contact

25 Beaver St.
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-428-2790
Fax: 212-428-2792

Commission hosts the 27th Annual Meeting of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts Conference

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Poster

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Hon. Paula L. Feroleto, Administrative Judge, Eighth Judicial District and Hon. Rose H. Sconiers, Associate Justice, Fourth Appellate Division, Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission

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Commission members in attendance with Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network (seated first row third seat) and Hon. Edward Clark Clifton, Justice, Superior Court of Rhode Island, Providence, RI (first row last seat extreme right)

On June 10-13, 2015, the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission hosted the 27th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Buffalo, New York. The Conference featured workshops and plenary sessions discussing timely issues regarding justice and fairness in the courts and justice system.

The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts consists of Commissions similar to the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission from 37 other states. The annual conference is an opportunity for the Commissions to convene and discuss the programs that affect people of color in the courts and the justice system.

The Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman and the Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti were honored at the closing night Awards Banquet.


"…as we look to the new century, creation of an atmosphere without even the appearance of racial bias must be the prime objective of our courts…we should not open the wound unless we are prepared to heal it."

Franklin H. Williams

 

 

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