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  • Report on the DC Office of Administrative Hearings

    On September 8, 2016, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor released a report examining the statutory duties, management, operations, and performance of the DC Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), established in 2001 to increase the quality and fairness of administrative justice in the District government. The Council for Court Excellence prepared the report entitled, "Administrative Justice in the District of Columbia: Recommendations to Improve DC's Office of Administrative Hearings."

  • Program Highlights, January-June 2016

    Program Highlights, January-June 2016

    Check out some of CCE's accomplishments during the first half of 2016... and get a sneak preview of what's on the horizon for the rest of the year.

  • Perceptions of Public Safety

    Perceptions of Public Safety

    In 2015, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) chose CCE to collaborate on a project to survey District residents about public safety and community-police relations. On June 28, 2016, CPDC released the report detailing CCE’s findings and recommendations.

  • Civil Gideon Roundtable

    On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie will convene an official public roundtable to consider “Civil Gideon” and expanding access to justice in the District of Columbia. The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law will host the roundtable.

  • Chief Judge Forum

    The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission soon will select the next Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Commission invites comments from the public no later than June 9, 2016. CCE will hold a public forum to provide an opportunity for the public to hear directly from the judges seeking to become Chief Judge before submitting comments to the Commission.

  • Interview with Tammy Seltzer

    Interview with Tammy Seltzer

    Recently, CCE policy analyst Emily Tatro sat down with 2016 Justice Potter Steward Award recipient Tammy Seltzer, director of the DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project (JPAP) for Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (ULS). Emily, previously a legal fellow for JPAP, asked Tammy about her many years as a champion for people with disabilities.

  •  Steve Grafman Receives Horsky Award

    Steve Grafman Receives Horsky Award

    During CCE's annual December board meeting, the organization's Executive Committee presented longtime Board Director Steve Grafman with the Horsky Award, given to board directors in recognition of their exemplary service to the Council.

  • Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed

    Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed

    On Thursday, December 10, 2015, CCE held its annual December board meeting and program. This years program was titled "Beyond Second Chances: What is Working and What is Needed to Help Returning Citizens Succeed", pointing to CCE's reentry work that goes back to 2006 and includes legislative proposals, policy recommendations, and structural reform in the areas of expungement, unemployment and recidivism, parole, and clemency.

  • A Year In Review: CCE 2014 Annual Report

    A Year In Review: CCE 2014 Annual Report

    CCE is pleased to share its 2014 Annual Report with you. This publication sums up an exceptionally busy and productive year for CCE - of solid reform activities, new partnerships and initiatives, and a few challenging transitions. Thank you for making 2014 a great year for our organization, and for helping us seek justice system accessibility for all.

  • Welcome Emily Tatro!

    Welcome Emily Tatro!

    CCE is thrilled to announce the hiring of Emily Tatro as our new Policy Analyst. Emily Tatro joined the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) in August 2015, and will be staffing CCE's Office of Administrative Hearings project and Phase II of the Jury Project.

  • An Interview with CCE's new Board Chair and President

    An Interview with CCE's new Board Chair and President

    CCE staff had a chance to interview our new Board Chair, Marie Johns, and Board President, Irvin Nathan. Learn about their priority areas for 2015 and beyond below.

  • 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.

 
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