2021 Black History Month Virtual Program

Speaker Biographies

Selected  Resources

National Consortium Members and Supports:

The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and the New Jersey Judiciary are jointly presenting a live virtual Black History Month Program titled "When the Justice System Fails: A Facilitated Community Conversation on Equal Protection and Due Process." The program will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST via Zoom Webinar. The program will feature  Kevin Richardson, one of "The Exonerated Five," who will shed light on wrongful convictions through the telling of his personal story. A panel of legal experts will discuss wrongful convictions in the context of equal protection and due process and consider what mechanisms are in place to protect against wrongful convictions and what recourse exists when questions arise about the integrity of convictions. The program, which is a joint public engagement initiative, anticipates a national audience of judges, court managers and staff, attorneys, advisory committee members and volunteers, and invited representatives of the community-at-large from across the United States, with a particular focus on the National Consortium's 40-member states.

The program is free-of-charge, but seating is limited so advance registration is required, on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration will close when maximum capacity is reached. (Live streaming and recording is expressly prohibited.)

Confirmation of registration will be sent to each pre-registered attendee via email from CourtCommunity.Webinar@njcourts.gov and will include the individually-customized Zoom link needed to access the webinar. On the day of the program, attendees are encouraged log-in around 1:45 p.m. EST as the program will begin promptly at 2 p.m.

The New Jersey Judiciary Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DI&CE) Program, on behalf of the New Jersey Judiciary as host, is serving as the planning coordinator/liaison  for this program. Questions regarding registration and other programing details can be addressed via email to Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Program Coordinator Lisa Burke at diversity.mailbox@njcourts.gov or National Consortium Association Liaison Nikiesha Cosby at ncosby@ncsc.org.

Best regards,

Hon. Susan F. Maven, J.S.C.
President and Moderator
National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

H. Clifton Grandy, Esq.
Secretary/Treasurer and Coordinator
National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts