New Judges to Get Diversity Training

Reginald Fields, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 11, 2008

Despite not being able to prove it, judicial leaders in Ohio are convinced that some judges here may not run color-blind courtrooms.

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As part of the new judge orientation that every first-time elected judge receives, the judicial college, an off-shoot of the Ohio Supreme Court, has added a seminar dealing with diversity and racial fairness.

In December, 26 new judges—who now represent about 3 percent of judges in Ohio—got the first part of the training and will get the rest in March.

It’s a start, but the diversity effort falls well short of any type of program that reaches each of the 700-plus sitting judges in Ohio—from the supreme down through municipal courts—that some judicial leaders have wanted.

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[William “Milt” Nuzum, director of the Ohio Judicial College,] said the judicial college is working on offering a diversity workshop or seminar for veteran judges, too, but it will be voluntary, not mandatory.

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