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How to be an Upstanding Judge: Courtroom Management for Judges

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This afternoon program for Massachusetts judges is offered in response to the issues identified in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Lawyer Well-Being Report. Attend and hear how bias (both explicit and implicit), micro/macroaggressions and systemic racism impact lawyers, litigants and court users. Participants will learn what it means to be an “upstander” in the context of judicial courtroom management, and will discuss practical tools that judges can use to minimize bias in the court environment and ensure fairness and impartiality in court proceedings. We hope that all judges will join in an open and honest dialogue designed to make our courtrooms better places, and to address the very real issues of bias that lawyers of color face in the courthouse.

The Flaschner Judicial Institute is pleased to offer this program in conjunction with the Justice Harry J. Elam Judicial Conference and the Massachusetts Affinity Bar Associations to further the goal of a more inclusive, welcoming, fair and equitable court system for all court users, litigants and the legal community.

Registration is required for this event. The audience will include members of the Affinity Bar Associations, who helped with the design and presentation of this program. Please note: Flaschner will not be recording this program.


Marguerite Fletcher
President, Fletcher Consulting

Program Director:

Kelsea Médard, Esq.
Founder & Principal, Grow By Three | Consulting


Hon. Benjamin C. Barnes
First Justice, Edgartown District Court

Hon. Debra A. Squires-Lee
Associate Justice, Superior Court

Hon. Asha White
Associate Justice, District Court


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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