From right, ABA President Bill Robinson; attorney and NCSC Board member Ted Olson; and President and Director-Counsel Emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Elaine R. Jones participate in a Law Day press conference May 1 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Watch video of the April press conference and hearing in California.
Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System
"We have a tragedy taking place in our courts," attorney and NCSC Board member Ted Olson told an audience May 1 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., referring to severe budget cuts to state courts. Olson, members of the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System, NCSC President Mary McQueen and D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington, who chairs the NCSC Board, participated in the Law Day press conference to call attention to the serious underfunding of state courts and to mobilize support for them. Read Chief Judge Washington's Law Day remarks.On April 16, the California chief justice and senators, along with co-chairs of the ABA Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, held a press conference and hearing in Sacramento, addressing the decline in public access to the justice system brought on by severe budget cuts. Watch video of the press conference and joint legislative hearing on access to the California courts system.Justice advocates: State's budget cuts reveal diminished access to justice in California (lakeconews.com)ArchiveRead the address delivered by Chief Judge Eric Washington of the D.C. Court of Appeals at the ABA’s 2012 Midyear meeting Feb. 1– 7 in New Orleans.Video highlights of the Sept. 23-24, 2011, Task Force symposium at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Photos and testimony from the May 26, 2011, Task Force hearing at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.