Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This committee works to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, engaging in activities that promote the profession in the pipeline, promoting recruitment of diverse professionals, and developing diverse individuals within the profession.

Co-Chair
Tennessee Secretary of States...
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Co-Chair
FedEx Corporation
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Memphis, TN 38120
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Immediate Past Chair
Clerk & Master Chancery Court
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Nashville, TN 37201
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Obama Cements Judicial Legacy

The U.S. Senate confirmed a total of 132 district and circuit judges after a whirlwind series of late and even midnight sessions, Time reports. That is the most by any Congress in 35 years and helps secure a major part of President Barack Obama’s judicial legacy. The 305 Obama-nominated judges are also the most diverse group ever. “What Obama has done within terms of his judicial legacy is what no other president has ever done before and it’s doubtful that any future president is going to match it,” says Sheldon Goldman, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “Obama has diversified the bench in terms of gender, ethnicity, nationality to an extent never, ever, ever done before.”

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New Bill Aims to End Racial Profiling

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and state Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, have created the "Racial Profiling Prevention Act," a proposed state law requiring all law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy by January 2016 banning racial profiling. The bill defines racial profiling as "the detention, interdiction, or other disparate treatment of an individual solely on the basis of the individual's actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, or national origin." The Tennessean has the story.

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