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Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
Cutting-edge education
for an independant judiciary
for an independant 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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A Tribute to the Chief Justice: Honorable Paula M. Carey

The Flaschner Judicial Institute extends its warmest and best wishes to Chief Justice Paula M. Carey on the occasion of her retirement. During the entirety of her 21-year judicial career, and in particular during her service as chief justice of the Probate and Family Court Department from 2007 to 2013, and chief justice of the Trial Court since 2013, Chief Justice Carey has exemplified the qualities that Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey described as the essential traits of character that a judge must possess to achieve excellence: “courtesy, dignity, patience, tact, humor, and a personality free from arrogance, pomposity, irascibility, impatience, loquacity, bias, prejudice, and with ability to listen and keep an open mind.”

Chief Justice Carey has received numerous awards over her distinguished career from local, state, and national organizations for her leadership and her vision of a judicial system in which every person is treated fairly and in which justice is not apportioned on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, background, place of origin, economic circumstance, or sexual orientation.

Congratulations, Judge Cratsley!

Hon. John Cratsley (Ret.) was awarded with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Professor Frank E.A. Sander Award in Dispute Resolution.

FINAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

On December 7, 2021, the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States filed its final report with the White House. Please click here to download the report. The 34-member bipartisan Commission was established by President Biden on April 9, 2021. Its charge was not to make specific...

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