Promoting Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

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Justice Shrley Troutman, Appellate Division, Fourth Department

Posthumous Admission Ceremony

Members of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission were in attendance for the posthumous admission ceremony of William Herbert Johnson. 

Read the complete article on the Admission Ceremony


 

Lenora Foote Beavers, Esq.

Swearing In of Lenora Foote Beavers

Congratulations to Lenora Foote Beavers, Esq., a member of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, who was sworn in as a Buffalo City Court Judge on Dec. 12, 2019, at the court.


 

Joyce Y. Hartsfield, Esq.

Retirement of Joyce Y. Hartsfield

Congratulations to Joyce Y. Hartsfield, Esq., who has retired after serving more than two decades as the Executive Director of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission.

 


 

 

More than 100 high school students from the Council on Unity attended a program sponsored by the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission designed to explain the role of the courts, promote the rule of law and jury service and interest young people in the legal and judicial professions.  Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, Associate Justice of Appellate Term, First Department, and Nadine C. Johnson, Esq., Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Administrative Judge in Richmond County, Commissioners of the FWH Judicial Commission, were in attendance.
 


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25 Beaver St.
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-428-2790
Fax: 212-428-2792

Overview

The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission educates and advises decision makers in the New York Court System on issues affecting both employees and litigants of color, and implements recommendations developed to address said issues.

Created in 1988, the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities (now known as the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission) conducted a comprehensive study on minority participation in the courts and legal profession and perceptions regarding the treatment of minorities in the courts. In 1991, the Commission released a detailed report of findings and recommendations and was established as a permanent entity charged with the responsibility for developing programs to improve the perception of fairness within the court system and to ensure equal justice in New York State. The members of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission are judges, lawyers and court administrators all appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York.

Commission Members

 

The Work Continues

The Commission continues its pursuit of equal justice:

  • Serving as a conduit to persons of color within the court system, meeting annually with the Chief Judge and court administrators to discuss issues of concern to court employees and matters pertaining to racial and ethnic fairness in the courts.
  • Sponsoring seminars and conferences for Judges and court personnel on issues of diversity and race within the courts.
  • Holding professional development and leadership workshops for court personnel and providing judicial mentors for attorneys interested in judicial appointments
  • Acting as a liaison to community groups, fraternal organizations within the court, bar associations and judicial appointing authorities.
  • Producing and distributing various publications, including a newsletter.
  • Hosting the Diversity Awards program honoring individuals and organizations working to promote racial and ethnic fairness in the New York State Unified Court System and the legal community.
  • Presenting a class for new judges on cultural awareness at the New York State Judicial Institute training session for new judges.

Meet the New Executive Director

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Mary Lynn Nicolas-Brewster was recently named as the new executive director of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, succeeding Joyce Y. Hartsfield.  She most recently worked as a court attorney-referee in the Ninth Judicial District.

       More on the New Executive Director

 

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore with Hon. Richard B. Lowe, Past Chair of the CommissionChief Judge Janet DiFiore with Hon. Richard B. Lowe III, Past Chair of the Commission.

 

Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman with Hon. Rose H. Sconiers, Past Chair of the CommissionFormer Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman with Hon. Rose H. Sconiers, Past Chair of the Commission

 

Former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye with Hon. Lewis Douglass (Past Chair of the Commission)
Former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye with Hon. Lewis Douglass (Past Chair of the Commission)

 

Franklin H. Williams appearing at the Court of Appeals on behalf of the New York State Commission on Minorities.Franklin H. Williams appearing at the Court of Appeals on behalf of the New York State Commission on Minorities.

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The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission invites you to follow us on Twitter @NYCourtsFHW

 

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