Lack of intergroup empathy

  • Litigants

  • Law professors, political scientists, and public policy experts

  • Lawyers

  • Law enforcement officials

  • Judges and Justices

  • Legislators

  • The general public

The undertaking starts simply as an assessment of its performance by all the major groups that respectively define, refine, operate, and utilize America's legal system.  That each group would be a necessary part of the deliberation seems only logical.  However, engaging them all simultaneously or with any level of coordination appears rarely attempted and even less appreciated by most members of the targeted groups, at least as of this century.  To little avail, NJCDLP helped spearhead such a gathering over the course of 2011-2012, touting "(t)here has never been a more inclusive, authoritative, and important analysis of American courts than this program series provided." 

What has become apparent since NJCDLP launched in 2005 is that when it comes to America's legal system, forging an "even more perfect union" will require substantially less traumatic court proceedings, a dramatically more transparent judiciary, a huge cutback on the U.S. monopoly of lawyers in practicing law, a general citizenry more knowledgeable and engaged with regard to their third branch of U.S. government, and reparations as well as Restorative Justice in response to the organized U.S. legal system abuse that started proliferating in the early 90s.  NJCDLP accordingly curbed its community organizing/mobilizing work in Spring 2021 to focus more on helping precipitate this coming of age as a related public policy expert and advocate.  The nonprofit also trains and consults on identifying and minimizing if not resolving related challenges from the perspective of all the above referenced stakeholder groups.