Council for Court Excellence

Improving Justice for the Community

aka CCE   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.courtexcellence.org

Mission

Founded in 1982, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that envisions a justice system in the District of Columbia that equitably serves its people and continues to be a model for creating stronger and more prosperous communities. CCE identifies and proposes solutions by collaborating with diverse stakeholders to conduct research, advance policy, educate the public, and increase civic engagement.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Misty Thomas

Deputy Director

Emily Tatro

Main address

1111 14th St NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1241825

NTEE code info

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (I05)

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Building a More Equitable Justice System in D.C.

Council for Court Excellence [CCE] projects are overseen by four standing program committees: Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, Justice Education, and Civil Justice.

Criminal Justice
Since CCE’s inception in 1982, the Criminal Justice Committee has diligently researched the most important, urgent issues facing the District of Columbia’s criminal justice system, and recommended policy and practice reforms to benefit everyone involved, from defendants, victims, prosecutors and defense attorneys, to judges, law enforcement, and corrections personnel.
Over the last 37 years, the Criminal Justice Committee has worked on issues as varied as sentencing reform, police overtime, criminal record sealing and expungement, disorderly conduct statutes, perceptions of public safety, barriers to employment for returning citizens, and the treatment afforded people with mental illness by the criminal justice system. Recommendations by the Criminal Justice Committee are taken seriously by DC Council, the courts, and other institutions within the criminal justice system, and have resulted in amendments to the criminal code and the creation of several laws regarding re-entry from prison and jail.

Youth Justice
Since 1982, CCE’s Youth Justice Committee has worked to improve outcomes for DC youth involved in the juvenile justice, criminal, and child welfare systems. To this end, the committee researches and analyzes local youth justice issues, publishes reports documenting its findings, and advocates for changes to local juvenile justice laws, systems, and policies.
The Youth Justice Committee has achieved significant success over the past 37 years. In 1988, the committee developed the Practice Manual for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in DC. This project led the committee to focus its efforts on improving the child welfare system. From 1992 to 2012, the committee facilitated collaboration among DC child welfare leaders, monitored District compliance with the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act, and published biannual progress reports tracking systemic improvements. Another accomplishment of the committee is its 2009 Guide to the DC Juvenile Justice System, a plain English overview of how the DC juvenile justice system functions. CCE has distributed thousands of copies of this guide throughout the DC community and also has conducted community training sessions based on its content. The committee’s most recent major project was its 2015 report Equity in School Discipline, an overview of DC school discipline procedures and policies.

Justice Education
Since 1982, CCE’s Justice Education Committee has educated the District of Columbia community about local justice issues. To this end, the committee publishes plain English guides concerning DC justice issues, and also conducts presentations based on these guides throughout the community.
Over the past 37 years, CCE’s Justice Education Committee has published eight community guides, including its earliest publication When Someone Dies: A Non-Lawyer’s Guide to Probate in Washington, DC, and its more recent When an Adult Needs Decision-making Help: Legal Tools Available in the District of Columbia. The committee has also sponsored legal trainings for attorneys and judges. For several years, the committee partnered with the DC Superior Court to execute jury service appreciation events at the courthouse. Since 1991, the committee has sponsored the School Jury Education Project, through which local and federal judges teach high school students about serving on a jury in the District of Columbia.

Civil Justice
Since 1982, CCE’s Civil Justice Committee has worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the D.C. courts. Notable past projects have included jury reform and modernization, probate reform, civil case delay reduction, increasing public access to electronic court records, and improving D.C.’s administrative adjudication system, among others. The projects have resulted in studies and reports recommending improvements to the District’s court and related systems.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Detainees
Ex-offenders

The Public Welfare Foundation intends to begin supporting local juvenile and criminal justice projects in Washington, DC in March 2019. IN order to build upon its existing knowledge, the Foundation has requested that the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) provide a landscape review of DC's juvenile and criminal justice systems, from point-of-arrest through reentry. This landscape review will include a map/overview of DC's systems and processes, including an explanation of DC's unique jurisdictional status and its impact on these systems; a population data snapshot (wherever available); an overview of key stakeholders; and an explanation of currently identified issues and opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Adolescents

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Council for Court Excellence

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marianela Peralta

Aerotek, Inc.

Term: 2021 -

Irvin Nathan

Arnold & Porter LLP

Earl Silbert

DLA Piper LLP

James Hulme

Arent Fox LLP

Larry Hinton

GEICO

Julia Matthews

Civic Director

Dwight Murray

Stein Mitchell Cipollone & Missner LLP

Larry Hinton

GEICO

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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