American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section: Racial Justice & Diversity

Criminal Justice Section:
Racial Justice & Diversity

About The Committee

Examines the causes of disproportionate representation of minorities in the criminal justice system and develops proposed solutions; engages in activities concerning the role of minority lawyers and oversees the Section’s efforts to reduce discriminatory conduct affecting racial and ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system.


  • To encourage the retention and promotion of culturally diverse lawyers in the Criminal Justice System through the development and implementation of a two tier mentorship program. Tier one would be to recruit and develop junior level section members and practitioners to serve as mentors for new section members and entry-level practitioners. Tier two would be to recruit senior and management level section members and practitioners to serve as mentors for junior level practitioners.

  • Continue support of the Racial Justice Improvement Project. The project has selected Task Forces made up of the local courts, district attorney offices, police departments, public defender offices, and not-for-profit (501–c-3) organizations active in criminal justice in Wilmington, Delaware; St. Louis County, Minnesota; Brooklyn, New York; and New Orleans, Louisiana; to receive financial support and technical assistance to implement a local racial justice improvement task force focused on addressing community problems that contribute to the racially disparate impact of the criminal justice system.

  • Continue work with adapting the curriculum “Building Community Trust: Improving Cross-Cultural Communication in the Criminal Justice System” for local jurisdictional needs as regards the differing stakeholders, disseminating the curriculum and providing technical “train the trainers” support. Will also continue to solicit feedback and investigate methods to strengthen the curriculum and training models. Finally, will look to train those identified audiences that the Racial Justice Improvement Projects task forces may deem necessary.

  • A new committee initiative, in keeping with our expanded role will be to develop an education and recruitment program to actively recruit minority law students into the criminal justice system as advocates and practitioners.

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Arrojo, Jose
Austin-Hillery, Nicole
Safiedine, Salma

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Modified by Kyo Suh on September 3, 2014

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