Minority and Justice Commission
Workforce Diversity Sub-committee
Conference Call Minutes
January 12, 1999
The Work Force Diversity telephone conference call began at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 1999. Those who participated were: Judge Deborah D. Fleck, Judge LeRoy McCullough, Ms. Madelyn Botta, Robert C. Boruchowitz, Ms. Lourdes Fuentes, and Ms. Donna V. McConnell-Adams.
Judge Fleck asked Ms. Madelyn Botta to update the Subcommittee on the three Associations' conferences where Work Force Diversity education program sessions are scheduled. The District and Municipal Judges' Conference committee would like the Work Force Diversity Subcommittee to present a program on May 18, 1999 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The District and Municipal Court Managers' Conference committee will present the program as a plenary session on May 5, 1999 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Ms. Botta is still working on the date and time for the Juvenile Court Administrators' Conference, scheduled for March 2 -4, 1999. Judge Fleck explained that Ms. Mary I. Yu is still working with Ms. Karen Pool Norby and Ms. Sheryl Willert on the development of the program.
Judge Fleck suggested the Subcommittee focus on these three sessions for 1999 and plan on presenting a program for the Superior Court Judges Conference in the year 2000.
Mr. Boruchowitz commented that a session on Interpretations of Affirmative Action Laws and Developing Practice might be appropriate for future Work Force Diversity Subcommittee Educational Programs. Judge Fleck explained that Ms. Mary I. Yu would probably be able to provide more information and direction on that possibility.
Judge Fleck asked Ms. Donna V. McConnell-Adams to contact former law clerk, Ms. Shaunta Knibb, about developing the participant resource materials packets. Judge Fleck reported that Ms. Yu is planning to visit the University of Washington soon to identify other law students who might be interested in the resource material project. Ms. McConnell-Adams will follow-up with Ms. Yu about the project.
The Subcommittee discussed the number of participant packets that might be needed for the three upcoming conferences. For the District and Municipal Judges Conference, the Subcommittee estimated about 150 packets; for the Juvenile Court Administrators Conference, about 40 packets; for the District and Municipal Court Managers' Conference, about 200 packets. The total necessary for all three conferences would be approximately 400 packets.
Ms. McConnell-Adams explained that a consultant could design the packets for a professional product or for a simpler design, the packets could be produced in-house.
Judge Fleck discussed the Tentative Budget for Work Force Diversity Subcommittee Educational Sessions document that Ms. McConnell-Adams developed for the Subcommittee's consideration. Judge Fleck noted that lodging was not included in the estimate.
The Subcommittee discussed the tentative cost for the three sessions, and estimated the budget to be about $8,000, not including the cost for the printed resource material packets. Ms. McConnell-Adams will re-draft the budget.
Ms. McConnell-Adams asked how many Commission members to include in the budget. Judge Fleck explained that the budget should account for six people: the three participants and three Commission/Technical Support Members.
The Subcommittee discussed who from the Commission should be invited to the programs and who from the Subcommittee would attend. Ms. Botta expressed interest in attending the District and Municipal Court Managers' session and the Juvenile Court Administrators' session. Ms. Botta will also talk to Judge Karen B. Conoley and ask her to attend the Juvenile Court Administrators' session. Judge Fleck will talk to Judge Monica J. Benton and Judge James D. Cayce about attending the District and Municipal Judges' session. The Subcommittee discussed having one of the two Supreme Court Justices who serve as co-chairpersons for the Commission to also attend the programs.
In conclusion, Judge Fleck recapped each of the Subcommittee member's responsibilities.
Ms. McConnell-Adams will follow up with Ms. Knibb and Ms. Yu on developing the participant packets. Ms. McConnell-Adams will re-draft the cost estimates for the conferences and she will check with Justice Charles Z. Smith and Justice Charles W. Johnson on their attendance at each of the Work Force Diversity Educational Programs.
Ms. Botta will check with the Juvenile Court Administrators' education committee on finalizing a day and time for the Work Force Diversity educational program. Ms. Botta will also talk with Judge Conoley about attendance at the Juvenile Court Administrators' conference.
Judge Fleck and Judge McCullough will talk to Judge Benton and Judge Cayce, and will determine which of the programs they will personally be able to attend.
The sub-committee will hold its next meeting on February 26, 1999 at 12:00 p.m. at Two Union Square, in the 55th Floor Conference Room, in Seattle. This meeting will take place prior to the full Commission meeting, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the same conference room.
The conference call ended at 4:55 p.m.