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Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
for an independent judiciary
for an independent judiciary
for an independent judiciary
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)

" As judges, we must look afresh at what we are doing, or failing to do, to root out any conscious and unconscious bias in our courtrooms; to ensure that the justice provided to African-Americans is the same that is provided to white Americans; to create in our courtrooms, our corner of the world, a place where all are truly equal."

Letter of the Seven Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (June 3, 2020)

OUR MISSION

Flaschner's mission is to meet the educational needs of both new and experienced judges with programs that reflect the priorities expressed by judges. Flaschner views judicial education in the broadest sense as encompassing not only substantive and procedural law, but also each judge's need to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, the expanding horizons of knowledge in disciplines other than the law, the varied contexts in which the law is applied, and the constitutional and professional boundaries that judges must respect. Flaschner promotes excellence in judging for the benefit of the public and the administration of justice.

EDUCATION

The Flaschner Institute provides a balanced academic agenda with course offerings in the following key program areas: the Impact of Race and Implicit Bias in Society, Cutting-Edge Issues in Science and Technology, the Art of Judging, Responding to Societal Changes, and Bench/Bar Programs.

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In Memoriam

We fondly remember Judge Gregory C. Flynn, who passed away on January 26. For 27 years, he served as the First Justice of the Waltham District Court. Under three Chief Justices of the District Court, Judge Flynn mentored several generations of new judges who were assigned to sit with him during their earliest days on the bench and who continued to consult with him throughout their careers. Greg Flynn was a model for how to administer justice in a community court. Over his 28-year career as a judge, Greg Flynn was also a devoted consumer of Flaschner Judicial Institute programs and unfailingly supported Flaschner’s efforts to develop and implement educational programs for the judiciary. All of us at Flaschner express our deepest sympathies to all the members of Judge Flynn’s family. May his name be a blessing.

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Please send us your change of address. Flaschner periodically mails complimentary publications to sitting judges, and we do not want you to miss out on our latest guides and benchbooks.

 

Two Law-Related Reports

Facial Recognition Technology.  The Special Commission to Evaluate Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology in the Commonwealth recently released its report with recommendations to the Legislature.  Among other things, the Commission recommends that the Legislature centralize all use of facial recognition technology, require a warrant for police facial recognition searches, limit such searches to felony investigations, and prohibit the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance. The 173-page report may be found here: https://frcommissionma.com/

Housing Evictions.  The Housing Justice Coalition known as Homes for All Massachusetts also recently released a report titled "Housing Justice Beyond the Emergency: An Analysis of racial Inequity in Eviction Filings Across Massachusetts." The report found that the rate of evictions during the pandemic was nearly twice as high in communities of color as it was in predominantly white neighborhoods.  The full report is available here: https://www.homesforallmass.org/covid-evictions-report/

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