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The Anti-Racist Courtroom: Theory and Practice (Co-sponsored with the National Judicial College)

Monday, October 30, 2023 | 9:00am - Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 5:00pm EDT

Co-sponsored with the National Judicial College
Montgomery, Alabama

This is a course for every judge, court administrator or lawyer who wants to take proactive steps to ensure that their courtroom is anti-racist. Judges across the country grapple daily with how to ensure the scales of justice are balanced while working to end systematic racism in our judicial system. This course, incorporating embodied experience along with jurisprudence, is about eliminating systemic racism by taking practical steps in your own court to prevent unfair outcomes based on race. The curriculum includes history, experiential learning, cognitive science, and psychological and sociological research. Special arrangements have been made for one entire day of the course to take place at the Equal Justice Initiative Museum and Memorial. Participants will also visit Selma, Alabama.

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify sources of personal and systemic bias in their courtrooms
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective interventions
  • Create or facilitate effective interventions to address bias in their courtrooms
  • Lead impactful initiatives to identify and mitigate sources of bias

This is the second offering of The Anti-Racist Courtroom. While themes and intent of this course remain the same, this course will be different in substance and presenters.

Faculty will include Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), author of Just Mercy, and subject of the HBO documentary True Justice that follows Stevenson and EJI’s struggle to create greater fairness in the criminal justice system.


Monday, October 30, 2023 | 9:00am EDT
Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 5:00pm EDT
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