Flaschner Judicial Institute
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)


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.


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.


Save the Date!

The Honorable Gregory C. Flynn Memorial Lecture on Judicial Excellence
Co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Judges Conference
Thursday, January 12, 2023
5:00 – 7:30 PM

Congratulations to Chief Justice Stacey J. Fortes!

We are proud to extend our congratulations and best wishes to the Honorable Stacey J. Fortes on her appointment as Chief Justice of the District Court. In addition to her many accomplishments over her 16 years on the bench, Chief Fortes serves with distinction as a Trustee of the Flaschner Judicial Institute. Chief Justice Fortes has made her mark as a trial judge, judicial administrator, and leader of the District Court Committee on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. We wish her well in her new position!

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Welcome, New FJI Trustees!

Hon. Sergio E. Carvajal
Associate Justice, Housing Court

Hon. David A. Deakin
Associate Justice, Superior Court

Hon. Frances M. Giordano
Associate Justice, Probate and Family Court

Hon. Kathryn E. Hand
Associate Justice, Appeals Court

Hon. Samir Zaganjori
Associate Justice, Boston Municipal Court

Judges from every level of the Massachusetts court system, including at least one judge from each Trial Court department, as well as from the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court, serve on the FJI Board of Trustees. To view a current list, please click here.

Recorded Programs

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