Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Members participating: Judge Monica J. Benton, Ms. P. Diane Schneider, Lonnie Davis and Ms. Erica S. Chung.
Members not participating: Judge Ronald E. Cox, Judge William W. Baker, Judge Anne L. Ellington, Judge James M. Murphy, Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, Judge Ron A. Mamiya, Ms. Mary Campbell McQueen, Judge Patricia Hall Clark, Judge Anne Levinson, Judge Albert M. Raines, Judge Vicki J. Toyohara, Dr. George S. Bridges, Ms. Ada Ko, Ms. Lorraine Lee, Ms. Denise Marti, and Ms. Esther L. Patrick.
The meeting was called to order by Judge Monica J. Benton at.
A. 2002 Judicial College
Judge Benton reported that the cultural diversity program presented by Ms. Peggy Nagae, Achievement Architects North, was well received at the JudicialCollege on Sunday, January 13, 2002, at Sheraton Tacoma, in Tacoma. Commission members in attendance were Justice Charles Z. Smith, Judge Monica Benton, Judge Ronald E. Cox, Judge Ron A. Mamiya, James M. Murphy, and Ms. Erica S. Chung. There were approximately thirteen new judges or commission members in attendance for the training. The number of participants was smaller than usual; however, Judge Benton believed the training was more effective and interactive than in the past as a result of the small class size. Both Judge Benton and Ms. Chung remarked that the start of the program was delayed and time for scenarios was shortened to accommodate the delay, unfortunately.
“Impact of Diversity on the Courts” followed the Diversity training and was presented by Judge James M. Murphy and Judge Ron A. Mamiya. They discussed how to make our courts more inclusive and inviting. Also, proposed criminal court rule (CrR3.2 and CrRLJ3.2) was presented.
B. Bibliography Project
Judge Benton indicated that she and Judge Ellington had discussed this project and developed the following recommendations:
Develop a list, over time, of publications that Commission members have actually read and for which they are willing to provide a brief one paragraph review.
Put the list on the Commission web site and create links to other lists and sites.
Assign this project to a librarian extern to support the project and to identify current cultural diversity/impact publications to include on the list.
The phone conference participants enthusiastically supported the recommendations. Judge Benton will contact the University of Washington Librarian School for potential extern names. Judge Benton believes Judge Ann L. Ellington will probably continue to oversee the project.
Judge Benton also asked that everyone provide potential ‘link’ site information as well as recommended publications. The group briefly discussed a book recommended by Ms. P. Diane Schneider entitled “Dummy”. Judge Benton will refer the information to Judge Ellington.
C. Education Survey – Next Steps
Topic not discussed.
D. Institute for New Court Employees
and Bailiffs: March 25 to March 28
Ms. Chung reported that the Education Sub-committee and Achievement Architects North have a verbal agreement to conduct “Cultural Diversity” Training. She reported that because the contract with Achievement Architect North will exceed the $5,000 limit for the fiscal year, she was obligated to submit a sole source justification for approved. The sole source justification has been approved on Friday, January 11, and a contract has been mailed to Ms. Benita Horn for her signature.
The conference call participants agreed that although it was not necessary for a Commission member to attend this program, it would be good to have a representative present. Judge Benton will ask for volunteers at the February 8 Commission meeting.
E. District and Municipal Court Judges
Spring Conference: May 20 to May 24
At the request of Judge Judith Hightower, the Education Sub-committee has agreed to sponsor “When Bias Compounds” training at the DMCJ Spring Conference. Ms. Chung reported that she had been in contact with Achievement Architects North (AAN), Judge Hightower, and with Gloria Hemmen, the Gender and Justice Commission, regarding program at the DMCJA spring conference. AAN has been asked for a proposal and program outline that reflects a cost effective program that is reflective of the smaller budget the Education Sub-committee is able to provide: $2500. Ms. Chung will follow up with Gloria Hemmen to see if Gender and Justice would be willing to co-sponsor the program and provide some funding as well.
F. 2002 Judicial Fall Conference:
September 29 to October 2
Ms. Chung reported that she has submitted Education Session Proposals, per Sub-committee chairpersons, for allocation of time for a national speaker, training on the Recruitment and Retention Manual, and the Proposed Court Rule 3.2.
Discussion ensued about earlier plans to request time at the Presiding Judges Conference in June for the Recruitment and Retention Manual training. Ms. Chung reported that Judge Fleck believed the Commission would not have sufficient time to prepare and print the Manual in time for the Conference and did not want to wait until 2003 Conference to present the Manual. Judge Benton will notify Justice Smith of Sub-committee activities.
G. Superior Court Judges Spring Conference: April 24 to April 26
Judge Richard McDermott had asked the Education Sub-committee for assistance in presenting Title VII and ADA training at the spring conference. Lonnie Davis will provide names of potential in-state ADA presenters to Judge Benton by January 22. Ms. Schneider suggested Edwin J. Peterson, retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice, and Steven Vicchio, Executive Director of the Baltimore Institute for Public Philosophy, as potential Racial Profiling presenters. She also suggested contacting Tina Clausen in Oregon, telephone 503-399-1332 or 877-601-6866, as a resource for other potential presenters. Ms. Schneider will send via telefacsimile background information of potential presenters contained in a program she attended. Ms. Chung will contact Ms. Mary Campbell McQueen who had previously volunteered to identify professors from law schools or an attorney from Department of Justice who would be able to provide the training.
Although no Commission funds have been allocated specifically for this project, Ms. Chung indicated that the budget would be able to accommodate minimal expenses. Judge Benton will contact both Judge McDermott and Tina Clausen.
H. Other Potential Training Opportunities
Judge Sypolt of SpokaneCounty has expressed an interest in connecting with the Commission to sponsor a training programs focusing on juvenile courts. Judge Sypolt had organized an all-day diversity training for the juvenile courts in November 2001. Further discussion is needed to determine what the Commission could do that would be different.
I. Next conference call
Scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at .
Bibliography: Judge Benton will ask Commission members during Commission meeting to write short reviews and submit them for the cultural diversity bibliography. She will contact the UW Library School for potential externs to coordinate the project.
SCJA Spring Conference: Lonnie Davis will provide potential ADA/Title VII presenters to Judge Benton by January 22. Ms. P. Diane Schneider will transmit via telefacsimile program which contains background information regarding potential presenters for racial profiling to Judge Benton and Erica Chung. Ms. Chung follow up with Ms. Mary McQueen regarding Title VII potential presenters. Judge Benton will contact Tina Clausen for names of potential presenters. Judge Benton will contact Judge McDermott regarding the SCJA Spring Conference training request and timeline.
New Court Employees and Bailiffs Training: At the February 8 Commission meeting, Judge Benton will ask for volunteers to attend the presentation at the Commission meeting.