March 21st, 2023, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Brought to You in Cooperation with the National Association for Court Management

Numerous organizations, including courts, are embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  With that increasing acceptance, we are also seeing increasing resistance, and it is important to address that resistance directly.  On the December episode we discussed the question “can hiring criteria, particularly for managers and supervisors, be objective?”  This month we are going to explore the growing question “Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a Zero-Sum Proposition for White employees?”

Michael Norton from Harvard University, and Samuel Summers from Tufts University, surveyed 417 citizens on their conception of racism in America.[1]  Several of their conclusions are worth noting:

  • Overall anti-Black bias has been declining over the years.
  • White responses perceived that anti-Black bias has been declining at a rate even faster than that shown in responses from the group overall.
  • Black respondents perceived anti-White bias is almost non-existent.
  • However, White respondents perceive that anti-White bias has been growing since the year 2000.
  • Whites now see anti-White racism is a bigger problem than anti-Black bias, and
  • Anti-White racism is seen as a zero-sum condition.

[1] Michael I. Norton & Samuel R. Sommers, “White See Race as a Zero-Sum Game that They are Now Losing,” Association of Psychological Science, 2011.

This is encapsulated in a quote by ex-U.S. Senator and ex-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who said:

“Empathy for one party is always prejudice against another.”

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Today’s Panel

Kristie Collier-Tucker currently serves as the Court Administrator and Clerk of Court for the Union City Municipal Court, in Union City, Georgia. She is responsible for all court operations, including the implementation of policies and procedures of the Court Services department. Union City Municipal Court is a high-volume court, holding more than 20 sessions per month including specialty dockets such as a Under 21 Court, a docket that focuses on defendants who are under 21 at the time of the violation. This docket is an effort to reduce recidivism and improve driver awareness. The court utilizes alternative sentencing principles in all court activities by establishing partnerships with other programs.

Under Kristie’s leadership the court has received the 2021 Georgia Municipal Court Clerks Councils’ Program of the Year Award for the Union City Community Resource Center. Kristie and her team opened the center in 2021 repurposing a vacant office and turning it into a resource center of law books and forms for use by the public. In addition, the center holds monthly pro-bono sessions by volunteer attorneys for the community to have thirty-minute legal advice sessions. The center was featured in the January 2022 GA Courts Journal Magazine.

Kristie also serves as the 2022 President of the Georgia Municipal Court Clerks Council. She has served in several different Court leadership roles to include Juvenile Court, Superior and State Courts, and Recorders Court.

Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from South Carolina State University, an ABA approved Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management from Clayton State University and a MBA with a Human Resources Concentration from Ashford University.

Stacey L. Fields is the Court Administrator for the City of Crestwood and has worked in the judiciary for 12 years. She has been a member of NACM for 5 years and serves on the Conference Development Committee. She also serves as Vice President of the Metropolitan St. Louis Association for Court Administration (MSLACA) and on the board of the Missouri Association for Court Administration as Professional Development Director.

As a Court Administrator, Zenell Brown has garnered respect for her ethical leadership and innovation. She has built her approach on three pillars: communication, leadership responsibility and accountability, and diversity and inclusion. She has shared her “Justice for All” leadership and organizational wisdom at local, state, and national level conferences for court managers and teams.

Zenell continues to add to her current credentials of Juris Doctor (Wayne State University Law School), Public Service Administration Graduate Certificate (Central Michigan University), Court Administration Certificate (Michigan State University), and Certified Diversity Professional (National Diversity Council-Diversity First).

Do You Want to Know More?

Michael I. Norton & Samuel R. Sommers, “White See Race as a Zero-Sum Game that They are Now Losing,” Association of Psychological Science, 2011.

Natalie Runyon, “How to Address the DEI Concerns of White Men Who Feel They are Being Disadvantaged”

NBC News, “Hamstrung By ‘Golden Handcuffs’: Diversity Roles Disappear Three Years After George Floyd’s Murder Inspired Them”

NBC News, “Diversity Officers are Losing Thier Jobs: The Ones That Remain are Mostly White”

March 21st, 2023 Time Marker Sheet

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