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Week of Sunday 5 December 2021

Maintaining momentum on the path to your racial justice blueprint

December 8th, 2021

If you are working towards creating a racial justice blueprint that is tailored to your court’s specific needs, this is the webinar for you.  The first installment of our multi-part series, Where do we begin?: Lessons learned on the path to creating a racial justice blueprint, included discussion of how to get started and identify action items while promoting collaboration and support internally as well as externally.  On December 8, we continue our journey by exploring various approaches taken by your colleagues to track their progress, maintain momentum, and overcome challenges that arise.  Join members of the Communications and Implementation Working Group of NCSC’s Racial Justice Blueprint Initiative as they address these issues and more:

Welcome and Introduction

Chief Justice Martha Walters (Oregon); Co-Moderator, NCSC Racial Justice Blueprint Initiative Communications and Implementation Working Group


Tonnya Kohn, State Court Administrator (South Carolina); Co-Moderator, NCSC Racial Justice Blueprint Initiative Communications and Implementation Working Group

Speakers and Members of the NCSC Racial Justice Blueprint Initiative Communications and Implementation Working Group

  • Chief Justice Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court
  • Laurie Dudgeon, Administrative Director, Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Judge Edwina Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiative, New York State Unified Court System
  • Lisette McCormick, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness

Register here.

For more information, contact Tina Vagenas.

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When the rental assistance runs out: The future of eviction diversion

December 10th, 2021

Many jurisdictions across the country have exhausted their federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds. While ERA funds have been instrumental in addressing the needs of landlords and tenants over the past many months, there are still many ways that court-based eviction diversion can work across the country. We invite you to join a virtual roundtable discussion on Friday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET to share programs, practices, and ideas of how courts can innovative and continue partnering with mediation, navigators, housing counselors, and civil legal services to meet the needs of all court users in eviction proceedings. Some ideas are scrappy and can be implemented even without additional funding. Other options will require an investment of funds, and panelists will frame ideas for how courts can build something special and long-lasting when there is, hopefully, additional funding available to support this work.


  • Rae Kyritsi, Programs Director, Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, Illinois
  • Taironda E. Phoenix, Assistant Director, Civil Practice Division, New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts
  • The Hon. Catherine Stafford, Circuit Court Judge, Monroe County, Indiana
  • Moderated by Samira Nazem, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts

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Panelist details coming soon. Contact Danielle Hirsch for more information.

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