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MINORITY AND JUSTICE COMMISSION APPOINTS NEW DIRECTORFebruary 04, 2008
“We selected Mr. Morton because of his demonstrated abilities, educational background, experience with the Commission and his commitment to equal justice for all persons," according to Justice Johnson. Mr. Morton, who holds a Bachelor's degree and Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College, has served as Program Assistant for the Commission since 2002. He previously served with non-profit agencies promoting human rights. He has worked with and earned high praise from the judges, lawyers, professors, administrators and lay persons who serve on the Minority and Justice Commission.
The Minority and Justice Commission was created as a task force by the Washington State Supreme Court in 1987, then became a Commission by Supreme Court order in 1990. The Commission was renewed by court order in 1995, 2000 and 2005. Its mission is to educate and assist
The Commission is governed by 21 persons appointed for four-year terms by the Supreme Court and 30 persons appointed for one-year terms by the Commission. As Executive Director, Mr. Morton will be responsible for coordinating activities of the Commission in meetings, sub-committees, publications, empirical research, professional cultural development programs, newsletters, annual reports and website development. He reports directly to Justice Johnson and retired Justice Charles Z. Smith, co-chairpersons of the Commission.
The website for the Commission is located at www.courts.wa.gov under “Boards and Commissions.” Its telephone number is (360) 357-2109 and its address is
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