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  • 2015 Horsky Awards Presented to  Earl J. Silbert & Jay A. Brozost

    2015 Horsky Awards Presented to Earl J. Silbert & Jay A. Brozost

    CCE is proud to announce that Earl J. Silbert and Jay A. Brozost received the 2015 Horsky Awards at our semi-annual board meeting. Earl and Jay will be stepping down as Board President and Chair, respectively.

  • CCE's June Board Meeting

    CCE's June Board Meeting

    CCE's Board and guests gathered on Thursday June 4 for our semi-annual meeting at Venable LLC, hosted by Board Directors Gregg Braker and Brian Schwalb. It was a particularly fitting venue given our keynote speaker, newly-elected Attorney General Karl Racine, served for many years as Venable's Managing Partner.

  • CCE Hosts Rollout of Equity in School Discipline Report; Key DC Education Stakeholders Discuss Improving Equity in DC School Discipline

    CCE Hosts Rollout of Equity in School Discipline Report; Key DC Education Stakeholders Discuss Improving Equity in DC School Discipline

    On March 23rd, the Council for Court Excellence formally released its Equity in School Discipline Report at the historic Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. More than sixty participants gathered for the formal rollout event, representing local and national advocacy organizations, local government, foundations, private bar, local law schools and other community members.

  • CCE Releases Equity in School Discipline Report

    CCE Releases Equity in School Discipline Report

    Equity in School Discipline: An Examination of School Disciplinary Policies and Practices in the District of Columbia Public Education System and Recommendations for Reform is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive description and assessment of the disciplinary systems and policies in the District’s public education system. The report contains recommendations that policy makers, education stakeholders, advocates and the community may consider for providing a fair school discipline process for all District youth.

  • Announcing the 2015 Justice Potter Stewart Award Honorees

    Announcing the 2015 Justice Potter Stewart Award Honorees

    CCE is pleased to announce Roger M. Adelman and the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop as the 2015 Justice Potter Stewart Award Honorees.

  • CCE Testifies at DC Council Judiciary and Education Committees

    The DC Council Judiciary Committee held its oversight committee hearing on correctional issues on February 19th. CCE provided testimony before the committee that drew from information gathered in the process of developing recommendations for the Mayor’s transition team.

  • Save the Date: Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner

    Save the Date: Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner

    The 2015 Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Organization of American States. Join us as we honor this year's champions of justice. There's still time to nominate your hero. Submit your nominations by 12 noon on February 11, 2015.

  • Scholars and Scoundrels Event A Success

    Scholars and Scoundrels Event A Success

    Over 120 people attended last week’s panel presentation: “Scholars and Scoundrels: Media Access to Evidence in the Digital Age.” Using a hypothetical case - a metro shooting following the Washington football team’s NFC championship game - a panel comprised of members of the bench, bar and media explored what could or should happen with videos of the incident from cell phones, police cameras and social media.

  • Join us for a panel discussion as experts discuss the public's right to evidence in the digital age

    Join us for a panel discussion as experts discuss the public's right to evidence in the digital age

    On Thursday January 29, 2015, The Council for Court Excellence will host a panel discussion on the public's access to evidence in the digital age at National Public Radio.

  • Jury Duty Policies Survey

    Jury Duty Policies Survey

    CCE's Jury Project is surveying employers to learn more about their policies regarding employees who have been summoned for jury service. This survey is intended for human resources representatives or others who administer those policies.

  • CCE's School Jury Education Program is in Full Swing

    CCE's School Jury Education Program is in Full Swing

    The Council for Court Excellence has been fully immersed this winter in its School Jury Education Program where judges, lawyers, and court administrators take part in educating local high school students about the importance of jury service and their role as prospective jurors.

  • A Conversation with Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland and Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts

    A Conversation with Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland and Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts

    At CCE's December Board Meeting last week, attendees were treated to a conversation with Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, moderated by Brigida Benitez, President of the DC Bar.

  • Share Your Thoughts with the Mayoral Transition Team

    Share Your Thoughts with the Mayoral Transition Team

    For the third consecutive election cycle, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) will be a part of the District of Columbia's mayoral transition team. "We are glad that Mayor-Elect Bowser and her team reached out to us," said Kress, who will be serving on the public safety transition committee's subcommittee on corrections. "CCE and its staff have been working on issues related to public safety and corrections, and especially jail and prison reentry, for many years. We are excited to both offer our own expertise, as well as reach out to community members and organizations to get their ideas on changes and improvements that the mayor-elect can make in 2015 and beyond." The transition team has organized a public meeting for the public safety committee to gather input from interested individuals and entities. The hearing will be December 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at One Judiciary Square (old council chambers), and in addition to corrections will include testimony on police, fire, disaster preparedness, youth violence prevention, and domestic violence. CCE encourages people to present oral testimony on the 2nd or submit written testimony by December 15th toHelder Gil, the public safety transition team coordinator, at Helder.Gil@wearewashingtondc.org.

  • It's A New Day In DC

    It's A New Day In DC

    Last week, DC saw the election of a new mayor, three new council members, and for the first time, an attorney general. These transitions in elected leadership will mean both change and opportunity in all areas, not the least of which is continuing to improve justice for DC residents. For over three decades, the Council for Court Excellence has worked successfully with the DC mayor and council to address critical issues in both civil and criminal justice. We do this through our extensive network of board and committee members, who are able to convene stakeholders and develop policy recommendations that then are translated into law. Here are just a few examples of legislation that CCE was involved in that were passed under different mayoral administrations. Of course, these don’t reflect the many studies and reports we’ve done that have changed non-legislative policies and practices.

  • Diane Rehm Show Features CCE Jury Project Members

    Diane Rehm Show Features CCE Jury Project Members

    The Diane Rehm Show recently featured an hour long segment on jury service, once again demonstrating the timely and important nature of CCE’s jury work. Indeed, three of the four guests on the show are members of CCE’s Jury Project Committee...

  • Welcome Amanda

    Welcome Amanda

    Please join us in welcoming CCE’s newest staff member, Amanda Townsend. Amanda is CCE’s Development Director and will be responsible for all fundraising efforts for the organization.

  • CCE Leads Presentation on Notario Fraud

    CCE Leads Presentation on Notario Fraud

    This is an article about CCE's presentation on Notario Fraud to Maryland Circuit Court Judges

  • Interview with James Berry

    Interview with James Berry

    Recently, CCE Board Director Ron Jessamy sat down with CSOSA Deputy Director & CCE Executive Member James Berry to discuss Mr. Berry's recent appointment and his history with CCE.

  • Update: Hiring DC Residents with a Criminal Record Makes Sense

    Update: Hiring DC Residents with a Criminal Record Makes Sense

    Over 120 people attended the “Hiring People with a Criminal Record” forum on Wednesday, September 17. Moderated by PNC Bank regional President Michael Harreld,Rthe event included remarks by D.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Harry Wingo and presentations by a number of businesses and experts in the areas of reentry and employment.

  • Welcome Tracy Velázquez

    Welcome Tracy Velázquez

    Please join us in welcoming Tracy Velázquez to the Council for Court Excellence staff. Tracy is our new Senior Policy Analyst overseeing CCE’s mission areas of Criminal Justice and Court Improvements.

 
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