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Month: February 2021

Palmer Award nominations open

February 18th, 2020

The Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) is currently accepting nominations for the Kenneth R. Palmer Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a current or former member of the Conference of State Court Administrators who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and excellence in judicial administration.

Send nominations or questions to Janet Reid.

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COSCA Virtual Board Meeting

February 3rd, 2021

By Invitation Only.  February 3, 2021, 1 - 3 PM ET.  Contact:  Janet Reid.

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Strengthening families: What role can courts play in upstream family preservation? (webinar)

February 4th, 2021

Courts can have a positive impact on families affected by the opioid crisis, but traditionally that role has been reactive, occurring after a dependency petition is filed. Increasing reports of maltreatment due to substance use disorders in conjunction with more children entering an overburdened foster care system can produce poor outcomes for children and families. Serving the needs of children and families affected by substance use and misuse can be proactive. Preventative, upstream approaches can decrease the negative impacts on children, decrease the load on formalized systems, and help families stay together while they heal. In working with families at risk for child welfare system involvement, there is a valuable judicial leadership role for the courts within the community. There is also an increasingly recognized role for courts and judges in working with individual at-risk families prior to petition and even prior to child welfare agency involvement. Further, as courts are evaluating their old “business as usual” practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and taking a critical look at reengineering their roles, practices, and policies, there are opportunities for courts to strengthen their collaborative roles within their communities to help families at risk.

This webinar will highlight two jurisdictions – Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama – and the upstream and pre-petition work that their courts have engaged in to better serve families at risk of child welfare system involvement.

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Moderator:

  • Nora Sydow, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts

Presenters include:

  • Hon. Alan Summers, Jefferson County Family Court, Alabama
  • Ms. Stephanie Etheridge, Juvenile Court Manager/Statewide Judicial Safe Baby Court Coordinator, Tennessee Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts

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Implementation Lab Initiative applications due

February 4th, 2021

Application forms for Conference of Chief Justices’ and Conference of State Court Administrators’ Rapid Response Team (RRT) Implementation Lab Initiative are due. Submit form to Nora Sydow.

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COSCA Virtual Business Meeting

February 12th, 2021

By Invitation Only.  February 12, 2021, 1 - 3 PM ET.  Contact:  Janet Reid.

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AJA Rx4 Webinar: Racial Justice

February 16th, 2021

This webinar will address the responsibility of judges and the state courts to address persistent racial inequality and the negative perceptions of the justice system among communities of color.

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When the Justice System Fails: A Facilitated Community Conversation on Equal Protection and Due Process (webinar)

February 22nd, 2021

The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and the New Jersey Judiciary are jointly presenting a live virtual Black History Month program called, "When the Justice System Fails: A Facilitated Community Conversation on Equal Protection and Due Process" on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

The program will feature Kevin Richardson, one of “The Exonerated Five,” who will shed light on wrongful convictions through the telling of his personal story. A panel of legal experts will discuss wrongful convictions in the context of equal protection and due process and consider what mechanisms are in place to protect against wrongful convictions and what recourse exists when questions arise about the integrity of convictions.

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NACM Webinar: Translating Learning to the Virtual Classroom

February 25th, 2021

The Midyear Educational Series, Translating Learning to the Virtual Classroom, is from 2 - 3 PM Eastern time on on February 25, 2021.  In this webinar, participants will explore various methods to deliver classroom content in the virtual setting to ensure transfer of learning that is just as effective online as it is in person.  Contact:  Erin Carr.

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National Roundtable on Racial Justice

February 25th, 2021

On Feb. 25 from 3-5 pm EST, the National Judicial College and the National Center for State Courts are hosting the "National Roundtable on Racial Justice," with special guest, Dr. Robert Livingston, one of the nation’s leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism. Dr. Livingston is a member of the Faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and his research has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Harvard Business Review.

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