Meetings of the full Commission on Race & Gender Fairness take place on a quarterly basis at the Division of State Court Administration, 30 South Meridian Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, and are scheduled to occur on the following dates.
Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 PM
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 PM
Throughout the year, the commission works by subcommittee and those meetings are coordinated by the subcommittee members.
1. Makeup of the Profession
Examines the issues of race, ethnicity and gender in legal education, private law firms and the judiciary. Recruitment and retention practices and current demographics of employees in the judicial system are also included.
Recommendation #1 - encourage law schools to continue with recruitment and retention of women and minorities.
Recommendation #2 - gather information from the law schools regarding their efforts to achieve proportionate representation. Recommendation #3 - gather statistical information on minority representation in law firms.
Recommendation #4 - gather statistical information on the demographics of the legal profession.
Recommendation #5 - gather statistical information on the disparities of women in the judiciary and in partnership levels in law firms.
Recommendation #6 - encourage recruitment efforts of qualified minority and female faculty candidates.
Examines the recruitment and retention practices used by the employers in the judicial system and the current demographics of the employees in the judicial system.
Recommendation #1 - order that court administrators keep statistical information on race, gender, and ethnicity of all applicants and new hires, as well as those who terminate employment.
Recommendation #2 - develop standardized employment practices for recruitment, retention, interviewing, evaluations, discipline, and salaries.
3. Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Examines the effects of race, ethnicity, and gender in the criminal justice and correctional systems.
Recommendation #1 - sentence structure and offense classification should be reviewed by a panel of experts.
Recommendation #2 - review bail criteria.
Recommendation #3 - that bar associations, prosecutors, public defenders, and law enforcement promote public education of the criminal justice system.
Recommendation #4 - that educators, attorneys and other relevant entities develop curricula to be use in schools, churches, community centers and English as a Second Language classes involving issues relating to cultural differences.
Recommendation #5 - trial courts must maintain statistical information regarding the demographics of criminal defendants and their criminal convictions.
4. Language and Cultural Barriers
Examines how ethnic and racial minorities and women are treated both in the courtroom and in the legal system in general.
Recommendation #1 - promote full implementation of the Certified Court Interpreter program
Recommendation #2 - develop a code of conduct for court interpreters
Recommendation #3 - promulgate and support standardized information on the basics of the legal system for persons who are not proficient in English.
Recommendation #4 - promote compliance with international treaties when foreign nationals are arrested or detained.
Recommendation #5 - educate attorneys on immigration consequences.
Recommendation #6 - promote language proficiency in the Department of Corrections.
5. Civil, Domestic and Family Law
Examines the issues of race, ethnicity and gender in the context of civil, domestic and family law.
Recommendation #1 - encourage trial courts and prosecutors to compile a comprehensive reference guide for victims of violence.
Recommendation #2 - that trial courts must maintain statistical information on the race, gender, and results of disputed child support, custody, and protective order cases.
Recommendation #3 - that trial courts must maintain statistics on juror demographics.