Webinars & Resources

Advancing Equity in the Administration of Justice Through Inclusive Communications and Person-Centered Language

This guide raises awareness about the value of inclusive communications and person-centered language and the importance of mitigating stigmatizing language. The brief also defines inclusive communications and person-centered language and provides practical examples.

Webinars Resource: Lessons Learned on the Path to Creating a Racial Justice Blueprint

This resource distills key takeaways from two webinar discussions about creating a racial justice blueprint. Focus areas include policies; data, research, transparency; workforce development; stakeholders; and customer service.

Gender Inclusivity in the Courts: How to Treat Everyone with Fairness, Dignity, and Impartiality

This toolkit provides definitions and guidance on  how to use gender-inclusive language in the court' s work.

The Importance of Language: How to Use Inclusive Communications to Advance Equity in the Administration of Justice

October 2022
This webinar provides practical tips for judge seeking to better communicate with individuals who come before the court.

Tiny Chat: Shared Language

October 2022
Join  Connecticut Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson and Washington Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez for this Tiny Chat that explores how "shared language" can lead to productive conversations about complex issues, like race and gender, where emotions can sometimes run high.

Establishing a Shared Language in the State Courts

Updated September 2022
Critical conversations about racial justice can be derailed when people do not have the same understanding of terms or do not use them in a consistent way. Developing a shared language acknowledges harmful terms, minimizes biases, and promotes inclusion and fair treatment. This Tiny Chat and document explain why developing a shared language is an important step in conversations about racial justice and offers guidance on how to get started.

What’s next? Maintaining momentum on the path to your racial justice blueprint

December 8, 2021
This webinar continues our journey by exploring various approaches taken by your colleagues to track their progress, maintain momentum and overcome challenges that arise. Members of the Communications and Implementation Working Group of NCSC’s Racial Justice Blueprint Initiative address these issues and more.

Lessons learned on the path to creating a racial justice blueprint

October 13, 2021
As state and local courts across the country continue their efforts to combat racial prejudice, there are valuable lessons to be learned from colleagues’ challenges and successes in transitioning from words to actionable reform. Hear from Chief Justices and staff involved in the day-to-day facilitation of strategic plans.

The Evolving Science on Implicit Bias: An Updated Resource for the State Court Community

March 2021
With support from the State Justice Institute and the National Center for State Courts, NCSC prepared an updated resource for the court community to summarize the current state of the continually maturing science on implicit bias as of March 2021. This report replaces NCSC’s 2012 report, Helping Courts Address Implicit Bias: Resources for Education.