Justice Robert Benham, a Cartersville resident, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts at its annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., on May 9. The Consortium is the largest organization of its kind that addresses issues of fair and impartial treatment of racial and ethnic minorities in both federal and state courts. It works closely with the National Center for State Courts and the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators. Thirty-seven states, including the District of Columbia, are members of the National Consortium.
In a recent news release, Judge Max Tobias, the outgoing Chair of the Consortium, said, "We all must ensure that everyone, regardless of race, color or ethnicity, is treated appropriately and with dignity. We continue to engage in discussion about access to courts and the issues impacting racial, ethnic, and other minorities."
Justice Benham attended his first meeting as a board member this past Saturday. "I am deeply honored to have been elected to serve on the board of such a prestigious organization," he said.