AJA RX4 Webinar Series


The American Judges Association is excited to announce a series of free webinars for judges, the court community, and the public. AJA, with generous support from the State Justice Institute, will present four webinars in the coming months. The webinar series will examine the challenges facing the country and state courts due to the pandemic and social unrest related to systemic racial inequality. Three of the four topics will echo President Franklin Roosevelt’s response to the Great Depression, which focused on Relief, Recovery, and Reform. The fourth will address the steps state courts, and especially judges, can take to ensure that the state justice system provides equal justice to all.

 


 

Recovery

 

Date: November 18, 2020 from 6:00-7:15 p.m. EST / 3:00-4:15 p.m. PST
Presenter: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law

 

Renowned constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will discuss the legal challenges and constitutional issues courts will face during and after the pandemic, as well as the development of law in the past year. He will conclude with a reflection on Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what new Justice Amy Coney Barrett means for the Supreme Court.

View Webinar Recording | Download Handout (PDF)

 


 

Relief

 

Date: Friday, January 15, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. EST / 12:00-1:15 p.m. PST
Presenters: Judge George Grasso, Supervising Judge of Bronx County Criminal Court (NY), and David Slayton, Director of the Texas Office of Court Administration

 

This webinar panel discussion will highlight the steps courts have taken to resume suspended in-person hearings and jury trials, to adjust to judges and staff working remotely, and other issues.

 

View Webinar Recording | Download Handouts (ZIP)

 


 

Racial Justice

 

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. EST / 12:00-1:15 p.m. PST
Presenters:
Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court and Barbara Arnwine, President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition; Moderated by Judge Yvette Alexander, Baton Rouge City Court, Louisiana and President-Elect of AJA

 

This webinar will speak to the responsibility of judges and the state courts to address persistent racial inequality and the negative perceptions of the justice system among communities of color. Attendees will be fortunate to hear from recently retired Chief Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Barbara Arnwine, President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition. CJ Johnson, the state’s first African American Chief Justice, has emphasized the need for judges and lawmakers to recognize their roles in maintaining a system that leaves many persons of color dissatisfied. Ms Arnwine, the radio host of Igniting Change and a regular presence in the national media, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues. The discussion will be moderated by Judge Yvette Alexander of Baton Rouge City Court, Louisiana and President-Elect of AJA. You won’t want to miss this provocative and enlightening discussion to include practical advice for criminal justice reform.

 

View Webinar Recording | Download Slides (PDF) | Download Handout (PDF)

 


 

Reform

 

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. EST / 12:00-1:15 p.m. PST
Presenters: Lisa Foster, Retired Judge and Co-Director of the Fines & Fees Justice Center; former Director of the Office for Access to Justice at the United States Department of Justice; David K. Byers, Director of the Administrative Office of the Arizona Supreme Court

 

This final webinar on REFORM will examine why Fines and Fees Reform will help courts weather the COVID-19 recession and move toward more equitable, effective ways of funding operations. The session will include policy recommendations offering strategies to address the immediate economic harms caused by fines and fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also explore institutional and systemic changes that resulted from, and may outlive, the immediate impact of the pandemic.

 

View Webinar Recording | Handouts: Fines & Fees Justice Center slides | Justice for All slides | Justice for All Final Report | Fair Justice Handout | Fair Justice Subcommittee Report | Lawful Collection Bench Card | Fines & Fees Resource Center

 





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