Several black bar groups in South Florida have joined forces to form a judicial diversity initiative to get more African-American judges appointed to federal and state judgeships, as reported by Daily Business Review.
Loreal Arscott, president of the Gwen S. Cherry association, pointed out that these organizations “began to flesh out the issue to find out why African-Americans are not represented in proportion to the population” in the judiciary. “The top priority is to get a black woman on the Miami-Dade circuit bench, where all 10 black judges—only two of whom are women—sit in county court,” Daily Business Review mentioned.
The group sat in on Judicial Nomination Committee interviews after the resignation of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Victoria Sigler, where they discovered that there is also a “lack of diversity on the JNCs themselves,” adding another item to their list of issues to address.
Ruby Green, president of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association in Fort Lauderdale highlighted that they want to make sure they encourage people of color to apply for these seats, considering there’s a “vibe that’s put off already on who is going to be picked by the governor,” that has kept them from doing so.
The organizations involved in the effort are the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Haitian Lawyers Association, T.J. Reddick Bar Association and F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association. Justice at Stake is an active advocate for diversity on the bench: read more here http://gavelgrab.org/?cat=19