AWA members are invited to attend to attend a panel discussion focused on diversity issues in the justice system that will be held on Saturday, February 4, in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

Perceptions of Justice: A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts

Saturday, February 4th, 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Nottoway , 4th Fl., Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Beginning in 2008, the Judicial Division’s Lawyers Conference held a series of programs around the country that asked judges, attorneys, members of the public, and others about their experiences with and perceptions of justice in our nation’s court systems. Discussions focused primarily on how race and ethnicity affected individual perceptions and experiences.

This year, the Lawyers Conference will begin analyzing the issues raised in the Perceptions of Justice programs and in nationwide studies on those issues. The Midyear Meeting program will feature panelists who are actively involved in the justice system, including judges, attorneys, and community leaders. The panelists will discuss topics including procedural fairness in the courtroom, the impact of cultural differences on the justice system, judicial involvement in the community, and the need for an educational pipeline that leads to increased diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.

Robert O. Saunooke, Miramar, Florida
Hon. Michael B. Hyman, Chicago, Illinois
Stacy L. Leeds, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Eduardo R. Rodriguez, Brownsville, Texas
Hon. Max N. Tobias, Jr., New Orleans, Louisiana
Tracie Washington, New Orleans, Louisiana

For more information on the Perceptions of Justice project, click here.