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  • January 31, 2015 - Ready to Run Pittsburgh - This day-long program was held at Chatham University, Shadyside Campus, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Ready to Run provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program, co-sponsored by the Interbranch Commission, targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders. 
  • January 25, 2015 -  The Interbranch Commission was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Burrell A. Brown, Esq. on January 25, 2015. Burrell was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve as member and past Chair of the Interbranch Commission. He was a true champion of civil rights in Pennsylvania and we will miss him greatly Read more
  • January 12, 2015 - Harrisburg - Governor Tom Wolf announced that Interbranch Commission member Secretary John Wetzel will stay on as secretary of the Department of Corrections. Read more
  • January 10, 2015 - Harrisburg - Governor Tom Wolf announced that former Interbranch Commission Chair and former Secretary of State Pedro Cortes will return to the position of Secretary of State. Cortes served under Gov. Ed Rendell between 2003 and 2010. Read more
  • December 31, 2014 -  Jeanette H. Ho Esq. of Pittsburgh was appointed to the Interbranch Commission by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for a two year term expiring December 31, 2016. Read more
  • December 4, 2014 - A meeting of the full Commission was held in Harrisburg, PA

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  • March 12, 2015 - A meeting of the full Commission will be held in Harrisburg, PA. Read more

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Welcome

Established in January 2005, the 24-member Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness is responsible for addressing inequities and securing fairness and equal justice in Pennsylvania's court system. 

There is a variety of information on this site, ranging from our reports on subjects such as the availability of interpreter services in administrative agency proceedings and improving courthouse safety in domestic violence cases, to a blueprint for how to diversify a county court system or a private law firm.  You can also download Pamphlets offering suggestions for judges and lawyers on how to avoid biased conduct in a courtroom and safety tips for victims of domestic.  One of our most significant achievements, the Supreme Court's Policy on Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity, is available on the site as well, along with complaint procedures for violations of the policy. 

This site is designed to appeal to a wide range of users, including judges and other members of the legal community who wish to replicate the best practices offered in reports, as well as members of the public, and in particular, our diverse communities, who are entitled to know about our efforts to promote equity in Pennsylvania's justice system.

We hope that our website provides you with the information you seek and we urge you to contact us with questions or suggestions for how we can help to make the courts more responsive to the needs of all of the Commonwealth's residents.

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