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JAS Co-Hosts WA Diversity Conference

JAS is partnering with the Washington Minority Bar Associations Collaboration Project (“WAMBAC”) on its 2011 Annual Diversity Conference at the Seattle University School of Law on May 20th.

The forum will include a three-session “Judicial Candidate Institute” designed to provide practical skills and tools to diverse attorneys, students and others who are interested in a career in the judiciary. Working with WAMBAC, JAS has compiled an impressive panel of experts for the Institute, including more than a dozen judges and justices, bar leaders and campaign experts.

JAS Director of Federal Affairs & Diversity Initiatives Deanna Dawson will be a panelist and will moderate the Judicial Candidate Institute.

JAS has long advocated for increased diversity on state and federal courts as an integral component of increasing court fairness and impartiality. JAS supports diversity education efforts, formal recruitment and mentorship programs, the training of diverse constituencies aspiring to the bench and research on bias in judicial selection and elections. The report Improving Diversity on the State Courts: A Report from the Bench (2009) provides further information on JAS’ research and recommendations.

The Diversity Conference is open to the public for a fee, which is waived for current law students. To learn more about the event, including admission costs, visit the WAMBAC website. A full agenda and listing of speakers can be found here.

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