April 14, 2021: Latino Judges Association Webinar "Para Todos Los NiƱos: Mendez v. Westminster. A Seminal Case Toward Desegregation"

On the 74th anniversary of the seminal decision of Mendez v. Westminster School Dist. of Orange County (161 F2d 774 [1947]), join us for a panel discussion moderated by NYS Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera that will be followed by the screening of the Emmy-winning documentary on this rarely-discussed school desegregation case involving Mexican Americans in California. The Mendez case, which predates Brown v. Board of Education, set the stage for the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of the “separate but equal” doctrine.

FREE 1.5 NY CLE Credits: 1.0 in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias & 0.5 in Areas of Professional Practice — Provided by the Judicial Institute.

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February 3, 2021: “A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams”

Join us for a screening and panel discussion of the documentary "A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams," a documentary on civil rights leader, lawyer and Peace Corps organizer Franklin H. Williams.  This half hour documentary explores the life of Franklin H. Williams that includes archival, Oval Office audio of President Lyndon Johnson and then-Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall discussing Williams, insightful interviews with former Chief Judges Sol Wachtler and Jonathan Lippman, introspective footage of the Ambassador’s son and namesake and several other interviews with scholars, civil rights advocates and others who knew Franklin H. Williams.

The documentary is narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown.

The event is free.

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Upon registering, you will be provided with a link to join the event and the link to pre-screen the documentary in advance of the event.

Click here to watch the trailer to the documentary.

The Event:

The event will include watching clips from "A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams" as well as a panel discussion. Welcoming remarks will be given by Don Boswell, President and CEO of Buffalo Toronto Public Media; Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York; Hon. Shirley Troutman, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Co-Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission; and Hon. Troy K. Webber, Appellate Division, First Department, Co-Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission. Following brief remarks, a moderated panel will take place.

North Carolina Commission on Racial & Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System (NCCRED)

October 2, 2020: "The Roles of Prosecutor and Public Defender in Criminal Justice Reform." A virtual symposium presented by NCCRED in collaboration with the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

Watch the recorded symposium here.