Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Judges Joining Together
As I mentioned last July, Chief Justice Jefferson and I are active in our respective national associations. Personally I have always found there to be great value,and comfort, in connecting with people who do what you do, but in other states. The National Center for State Courts supports our groups (which are limited to chiefs and state court administrators) but also a number of other groups that may be of interest to judges in Texas. See the whole list on their website, and the one I wanted to single out today, because they have a brand new website, is the American Judges Association. They also publish Court Review, a very useful magazine; for example, the current issue has an article on how to have an effective commission to address racial and ethnic bias in the courts. Another group that I have been very impressed with, which is not supported by NCSC, is the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; El Paso District Judge Patricia Macias is the current President, and I know several other Texas judges who are very active with them, including our Jurist in Residence, John Specia, and District Judge Darlene Byrne, here in Travis County.