Blueprint for Racial Justice

Improving racial equality by intensifying efforts to ensure all court users, litigants, and community members are heard and respected by the nation's justice system.

Launched in 2021 in response to action from the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, the Blueprint for Racial Justice is examining the systemic changes needed to make equal justice under the law an enduring reality for all. Working with NCSC staff, the project is generating policies, webinars, bench cards and other resources designed to assist state court leaders with  local racial justice, equity and inclusion efforts. These resources are housed in NCSC's Racial Justice Resource Center.

For more information, contact Edwin Bell, Director of Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion.

Steering committee

State Court Chief JusticesState Court Administrators
Anna Blackburne-Rigsby (District of Columbia) David Byers (Arizona)
Richard Robinson (Connecticut) Nancy Cozine (Oregon)
Chair Paul Suttell (Rhode Island) Laurie Givens (formerly of Kentucky)
Martha Walters (Oregon, retired) Tonnya Kohn (South Carolina)

Working groups

  • Fairness and Awareness
  • Systemic Change
  • Improving Diversity of the Bench, Bar and Workforce
  • Communication and Implementation