• October 11, 2018 - Philadelphia: Retired Judge Doris Smith Ribner, former Interbranch Commission member and current Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee member, organized a summit on the law on domestic violence in Pennsylvania. Criminal Justice Committee Chair, Khadija Diggs, facilitated the second panel of the summit on the enforcement of domestic violence law, and Interpreter Services Committee member, Judge Ida Chen, spoke on Protection from Abuse orders during the summit.
  • October 25, 2018 - Harrisburg: The Commission held its regular Quarterly Meeting at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.
  • November 2, 2018 - Pittsburgh: The Commission convened a meeting of a statewide stakeholders group to assist victims of human trafficking. The Commission and stakeholders are working with the Pennsylvania Office of Victims Services to help coordinate the statewide response to trafficking victims by creating a “Guiding Principles” document that will assist jurisdictions with responding appropriately to these traumatized victims.
  • November 10, 2018 – Hershey: Executive Director McCormick spoke on sexual harassment and assault at the fall retreat of the PA Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, “Time’s Up! Working to Eliminate Harassment and Discrimination.”

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Upcoming Events

  • March 14, 2019 - Philadelphia: The Commission’s next Quarterly Meeting will take place. The meeting will also include a public program featuring a keynote address by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd and the presentation of two new guides from the Commission. The program is free, but space is limited, so please register here. One and a half hours of ethics CLE credit are also available for attorneys.
  • April 4, 2019 – Philadelphia The PBA Committee on Civil and Equal Rights is conducting a Civil Rights Symposium. The topics include a review of the most significant civil rights cases in the past year, a review of the landscape on civil rights legislation, and litigating §1983 claims. Along with two other panelists, Interpreter Services Committee Chair Lenny Rivera will be speaking on protecting non-citizen clients’ rights in the courtroom. Executive Director McCormick will moderate the panel discussion.
  • May 19-21, 2019 – Miami, FL: Executive Director McCormick will attend and speak at the Annual Meeting of the National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
  • June 6-7, 2019 - Harrisburg: Executive Director McCormick will speak on implicit bias in the criminal justice system at the PBI Criminal Law Symposium.

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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


The Interbranch Commission conducts its substantive work through its six committees: Criminal Justice, Jury Service, Interpreter Services, G.L.B.T. Rights, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims, and Equal Opportunity and Diversity. All Commission members are assigned to one or more of the committees. Several committees also include experts in the particular topic area addressed by the committee. The committees hold monthly meetings by conference call and the committee chairs present quarterly status reports for the full Commission during Commission quarterly meetings.