Minority Justice Committee: Project Spotlight
2012 Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
The Nebraska Minority Justice Committee was recently honored to host the 24th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts which was held at the downtown Omaha Hilton May 9-12. We are thrilled to report that Nebraska set the all- time attendance record for the conference with over 360 attendees representing 37 states and the District of Columbia. Recognizing the ever-changing landscape and the increasing challenges that face justice systems committed to achieving the promise of “equality before the law”, the purpose of the National Consortium is to bring together thought-leaders and delegates of state justice systems from around the country to share their collective knowledge about best practices within their court systems for achieving access and fairness. The conference offered an exceptional agenda filled with nationally recognized speakers on a range of topics related to: addressing language barriers, cross cultural issues in the courts, prosecutorial discretion, implicit bias, juvenile justice reform, court innovations, and building the capacity to effect change.