Webinar to look at 'Jury Selection ? Beyond Intentional Racial Bias'

The National Center for State Courts will present the webinar “Jury Selection – Beyond Intentional Racial Bias” on Thursday, June 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Several states are currently evaluating or have recently evaluated whether peremptory challenges serve any meaningful purpose in today’s environment, whether peremptory challenges are used discriminatorily, and whether existing remedies, such as Batson challenges, are sufficient to overcome any discriminatory motivations in the use of peremptory challenges.

This webinar will feature a panel discussing the history and impact of Batson and preemptory challenges on jury selection. The panel will provide specific actions and methods to identify implicit, institutional, and unconscious race and ethnic biases during jury selection.

Presenting at the webinar will be:

• Judge Pamela S. Gates, Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona
• Lila Silverstein, appellate attorney, Washington Appellate Project
• Prof. Sonia Gipson Rankin, associate professor of law, University of New Mexico Law
• Moderator Meredith Holley, attorney and founder of Eris Conflict Resolution

This webinar is part of a series presented by the Blueprint for Racial Justice Systemic Change Work Group.

To register, visit www.ncsc.org and click on “webinars.”