News

  • March 2, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Criminal Justice Committee Chair Khadija Diggs, Esq., was honored at the 12th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
  • February 21, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick presented on proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct that would bar harassment and discrimination by attorneys at the Women’s Bar Association of Western PA’s CLE session, “Discrimination as an Ethics Violation.”
  • February 18, 2017 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick served as the moderator of the training session on “The Special Challenges of Running for Judicial Office” during the annual day-long “Ready to Run” training conference sponsored by the Institute for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Learn more about this program.
  • February 4, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick served as the moderator of the training session on “The Special Challenges of Running for Judicial Office” during the annual day-long “Ready to Run” training conference sponsored by the Institute for Women and Politics at Chatham University.
  • January 1, 2017 - Philadelphia: The First Judicial District has formed a committee to develop initiatives to increase juror turnout and engagement. Jury Committee Chair Lynn Marks is heading this new committee, and Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick is serving on the committee.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 9, 2017 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg.
  • March 24, 2017 - The Commission’s Committee on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking Stakeholders’ Meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • May 2-3, 2017, - Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick is part of the host committee for the American Bar Associations’ Inaugural LGBT Forum in San Francisco, CA. Topics include: religion and LGBT rights, issues facing transgender employees, and adoption issues facing the LGBT community. Read More

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The Interbranch Commission implements recommendations from the Report of The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in The Justice System. View the Report

Equal Opportunity and
Diversity Committee

The main priority of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee is increasing diversity in court employment and appointments. The Committee recently produced an extensive diversity manual, Creating a Diverse Workforce in the Pennsylvania Courts: A Manual for Success and distributed it to all of the Commonwealth's judicial districts. The Committee is planning a series of educational sessions for Pennsylvania’s judges and court administrators on employment.  One such educational session took place on July 28, 2011 before the State Conference of Trial Judges.

In connection with its successful effort to have the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopt a system-wide policy on non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity, the Committee is working to amend Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Code and Rules of Professional Conduct to prohibit judges and attorneys from engaging in discrimination or harassment in the course of legal proceedings. The Policy and the Committee’s proposed amendments to the Judicial Conduct Code and the Rules of Professional Conduct are set forth at right, under Reports.

In addition, the Committee has completed its study on best practices for court appointment procedures. The Committee's goal is to provide all Pennsylvania judicial districts with uniform model procedures and best practices that provide the broadest opportunities for all interested parties. The Committee’s letter to all judicial districts outlining the essential elements of model procedures is set forth at right, under Reports.

The Committee's priorities are based on the Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in the Justice System. For detailed information on the study's findings and priorities as they relate to equal opportunity and diversity, please see Chapter Eight of the Report.