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