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Gateway to Justice: Out of the Fire and Into the Future

National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

29th Annual Conference, May 15-17, 2017

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

Conference Schedule (as of May 10, 2017)


PDF of Conference Program

Monday, May 15, 2017

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration (Gateway Foyer)


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Board Meeting (Missouri)


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm              

Voices of Ferguson (Optional Event)

Convened by Judge Judy P. Draper and Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke

Presented at Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Bernie Hayes, Print and Broadcast Journalist and Radio Personality


  • Michael McMillian, President and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
  • Reverend Tommie L. Pierson, Sr., Pastor of Greater St. Mark Family Church and former Representative from the 66th District of Missouri
  • Adolphus M. Pruitt, II, President, St. Louis City Chapter of the NAACP
  • Wesley Bell, Professor and Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies, St. Louis Community College and Council Member Ward 3, Ferguson
  • Monique Abby, Abby Law Firm

Please note: the Voices of Ferguson program at Greater St. Mark Family Church is open to the public and all are welcome to attend at no charge.There is a $25 charge for bus transportation which can be selected as an option when registering for the conference. (registration link)


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm                            

Taste of St. Louis

Opening Reception at the Missouri Court of Appeals

815 Olive Street

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration (Gateway Foyer)


7:00 am – 8:20 am                             

Breakfast (Statler)


7:00 am - 8:30 am

Board Meeting (Portland/Benton)

8:30 am – 9:00 am                             

Opening Session (Gateway AB)



9:00 am – 10:15 am

Gateway to Justice: Out of the Fire and into the Future – The Challenges Courts Face (Gateway AB) (1.5 MoCLE)



10:15 – 10:25                                     

Break (Gateway Foyer)


10:25 am – 11:40 am                       

Fines, Fees & Bail Practices: What Changes are Needed in Our Courts? (Gateway AB) (1.5 MoCLE)



11:40 am - 11:50 am

Transfer Break

11:50 am - 12:50 pm                        

Lunch (Statler)



12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Transfer Break


1:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Option 1: Measuring Progress to Move Forward Towards Equity (Gateway AB) (1.5 MoCLE)



Option 2: Hot Topics: Race and Juvenile Justice (Portland/Benton) (1.5 MoCLE)



2:15 pm – 2:30 pm           

Break (Gateway Foyer)


2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                             

Hot Topics on Race and Ethnicity in the Jury Box – Cross Racial Witness Identification and Juror Language Disenfranchisement (Gateway AB) (1.5 MoCLE)



3:45 pm – 5:00 pm                             

Courts and the Media: The New News Cycle (Gateway AB) (1.5 MoCLE)


  • Jesse Rutledge, Vice President for External Affairs, National Center for State Courts


  • Don Champion, Correspondent, CBS News Newspath Dallas Bureau 
  • Farrah Fite, Media Relations Director, The Missouri Bar


5:30 pm – 8:00 pm                             

Blues, Brews and BBQ

Dinner Reception at Thompson Coburn, One US Bank Plaza


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration (Gateway Foyer)


7:00 am – 8:20 am                             

Breakfast and State Reports (Statler)

(reports start at 7:30 am)


8:20 am - 8:30 am

Transfer Break


8:30 am – 10:30 am


  • The Honorable Lisa Hardwick, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District


Lights, Camera, Cops and Courts: Living in the Age of Body Cameras (Gateway AB) (2.4 MoCLE)



10:30 am – 10:45 am                       

Break (Gateway Foyer)


10:45 am- 11:45 am            

Structural Racism (Gateway AB) (1.2 MoCLE, including 1.2 Ethics)

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Transfer Break

12:00 pm – 1:10 pm                          

Lunch (Statler)

Community Engagement in State Courts Initiative

  • Video and report

Interview with Frankie Muse Freeman

1:20 pm – 2:20 pm                             

Bias, Cultural Competence and the Court Process (Gateway AB) (1.2 MoCLE, including 1.2 Ethics)



2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Tribal Justice (Gateway AB) (.09 MoCLE)

Film Screening and Discussion:

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm           

Concluding General Session (Gateway AB)