Is Also Named by Chief Justice to Panel That Will Draft Anti-Bias Rules
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile yesterday was named a recipient of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library’s 2021 “Beacon of Justice” award, to be presented at an April 21, 2021 “gala,” provided the all-clear signal has been given for in-person events, and the outgoing court chief has also been placed on a panel charged with formulating standards to curb courtroom bias.
The gala, if held, will mark the 18th time festivities will take place at the main law library in the Mildred L. Lillie Building in the downtown Los Angeles Civic Center to recognize persons “with vision, advocacy and passion for justice.”
Also receiving the award will be former State Bar Executive Director Steve Nissen, now president and CEO of Nissen Consulting Group and chair of the board of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit public-benefit economic development leadership organization.
Friends of the LA Law Library is a fund-raising organization.
The naming of Brazile as an award recipient came a day after California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced his appointment to the Work Group to Enhance Administrative Standards Addressing Bias in Court Proceedings which will propose updated judicial standards to quell bias in courtroom proceedings.
The work group will be co-chaired by Fifth District Court of Appeal Administrative Presiding Justice Brad Hill and Sacramento Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware. Members who were named, in addition to Brazile, are former Los Angeles County Bar Association President Gretchen Nelson, First District Court of Appeal Justice Carin Fujisaki, Humboldt Superior Court Presiding Judge Joyce D. Hinrichs, Fresno attorney Rachel Hill, and San Bernardino Superior Court Chief Executive Officer Nancy Eberhardt.
The group will build on recommendations by the Work Group for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment, which issued report last year, and is expected to put forth its own report to the chief justice and the Judicial Council in the fall of next year.
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