Cultural Considerations in Litigation
Date: Nov 8, 2023 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Member Price: $140
Non-Member Price: $175
Areas of Law: Civil Trial Bar, Diversity
Earn up to 2.4 credits, including 2.4 in Diversity! (More Information)
- Ehsan F. Chowdhry, Esq.
- E F CHOWDHRY LAW PRACTICE, LLC, Neptune
- Hon. Maritza Berdote Byrne, JAD
- Hon. Jose L. Linares
- Hon. Dalya Youssef, JSC
- Lisa R. Burke
- Administrative Office of the Courts, Trenton
- Valerie A. Jackson, Esq.
- TREASURER, Minorities in the Profession Section, NJSBA
Department of the Treasury, TrentonValerie Jackson is the Diversity Officer and Legal Liaison at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury - Division of Administration.
Prior to her current role, Valerie was a Deputy Public Defender and Managing Attorney of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Office of Parental Representation, Central Region Office, in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Upon joining the OPD in 2009 she quickly earned a reputation as a zealous advocate and skilled litigator. In 2012, Ms. Jackson was promoted by the Public Defender to her current role as Managing Attorney and in 2020 was promoted to the title of Deputy Public Defender. Prior to joining the OPD, she was a solo practitioner in Middlesex County, where she focused in family law, education law and real estate.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Ms. Jackson is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has served on the Association’s Board of Trustees, Diversity Committee and Child Welfare Law Section. She has also served as a Trustee for both the Middlesex County Bar Association and Foundation, and has been Co-Chair of the Association’s Board for the Advancement of Racial Equity and Social Justice. Ms. Jackson has been a member of the Association of Black Women Lawyers, the Garden State Bar Association, the Middlesex County Vicinage Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Court’s Children in Court Race Equity Leadership Team. She has served on the OPD training faculty; where she has trained attorneys on many topics related to ethics, professionalism and trial advocacy for defense attorneys.
Ms. Jackson received her B.A. from Rutgers University, her M.A. in Journalism from New York University and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
- Lubna Qazi-Chowdhry
- NJ Division on Civil Rights, Trenton
- Prema L. Roddam, Esq.
- Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, Matawan
The foundation of our justice system is fairness. Fairness is achieved by ensuring each litigant experiences procedural fairness and cases are adjudicated justly and equitably. When dealing with people with diverse cultural backgrounds, there are additional considerations necessary to ensure fairness. And challenges to fairness are possible in all parts of the court system (criminal, family, civil, general equity) and at all stages of a case. For instance, there may be a language barrier, or there may be considerations related to religious and cultural practices (e.g., wearing a hijab or yarmulke in court). Our distinguished panel will discuss a range of considerations and examples in three specific contexts:
- Cultural diversity considerations in the courts;
- Cultural diversity considerations during depositions; and
- Cultural diversity considerations in communicating and interacting with clients
Join us for a thought provoking quick moving conversation. Register today!