The Importance of Judicial Diversity and Inclusion in New York Courts
As we grapple with the current national reckoning on race and inequality in the United States, the process of judicial selection and the importance of diversity and inclusion in our courts could not be more urgent. The recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of equality for all underscores that urgency.
Judicial diversity and inclusion matter in state courts as much as at the federal level. This is particularly true in New York State, a leader in law among state courts. There have been a number of recent developments regarding the need to improve judicial diversity and inclusion in New York State courts. This panel will address the state of diversity and inclusion in the New York State court system, observations, and recommendations from the respective presidents of the Judicial Friends Association, the Latino Judges Association, and the Asian American Judges Association, and the Co-Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission.
Hon. Erika Edwards, President, Judicial Friends Association
Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, President, Latino Judges Association
Hon. Lillian Wan, President, Asian American Judges Association
Hon. Troy K. Webber, Co-Chair, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission
Prof. Natalie Gomez-Velez, Director, CLRE at CUNY Law School
Hon. Joanne D. Quiñones, Member, Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission