Abundant research shows that racial bias persists in our court systems, despite policy advances and values of impartiality. Through its members, the National Consortium encourages state courts to implement evidence-based recommendations, monitor progress, and report back on efforts to promote fairness and access. An active membership strengthens the National Consortium’s capacity to review and advise on emerging policies and procedures that may adversely impact persons of color. Please join the National Consortium in this important work by becoming a member today.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIPMembers enjoy opportunities to: • Network with judges, professionals, and scholars who are leaders in addressing racial and ethnic bias in the courts. • Share ideas and expertise on novel or proven ways to address racial and ethnic bias in the courts.• Serve on National Consortium committees and workgroups. • Submit programming suggestions for the National Consortium’s Annual Meeting • Access electronic materials produced or compiled by the National Consortium, such as guides, training manuals, and recent studies.
Member organizations may be listed on the National Consortium website and print materials, with links to the organization’s website.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBERThe National Consortium does not collect dues. Any task force, commission, or other appropriate entity or individual may apply for membership. Applications are reviewed and approved by the National Consortium’s board of directors. Criteria for individual membership include but are not limited to:• Educational, professional, and/or vocational training;• Knowledge of, research into, or experience with the justice system;• Significant life-experience related to the National Consortium’s mission;• History of efforts made to secure equal justice in the justice system;• Membership on public service committees/commissions; • Honors, prizes, awards or other forms of recognition for community or professional service.
Membership renewal is not necessary. However, the National Consortium will periodically request that members update their contact information and indicate their interest in sustained membership.
To apply, please complete this form. Applications are typically reviewed and approved on a monthly basis, after which you will receive confirmation of your status as a formal member of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.
MISSIONThe National Consortium’s mission is to work collaboratively to:• Advance efforts to eliminate bias from court operations, promote equal access to the courts and inspire a high level of trust and public confidence in the courts;• Share scholarly information, recommendations, and evidence-based practices with courts, the legal community, law enforcement, and the public;• Strongly encourage the highest courts of each state to create, revitalize and support commissions to examine racial and ethnic fairness within their courts; and• Provide technical expertise, consultation and support to existing commissions and other organizations.