Taking into account the political, historical and demographic currents that shape the story of race in America—and in Charlotte—The Atlantic  posed the question: What would “liberty and justice for all” actually look like in Charlotte?

District Court Judge Lou Trosch First to Receive Distinguished Jurist Award

Mecklenburg District Judge Louis Trosch Jr. has received the inaugural Distinguished Jurist Award from the N.C. Association of District Court Judges for his dedication and loyal service to the citizens of North Carolina.

Woman pleads guilty in connection with officer-involved shooting

A woman pleaded guilty Monday in connection with an officer-involved shooting.

A Caldwell County deputy had pulled over a car for having an expired tag when things became violent. Deputies said Stephanie Sipes was inside the car when the deputy was shot.  

Growing families celebrated in Mecklenburg County on National Adoption Day

More than 100 growing families celebrated Adoption Day on Saturday in Mecklenburg County. The county recognized each family that has adopted in the last year.

Implicit Bias: MLK Day SPeaker Judge Lou Trosch at Washington & Lee University School Of Law

North Carolina District Court Judge Louis A. Trosch '88 discusses implicit bias in the courtroom. Implicit bias research focuses on uncovering pervasive unconscious preferences, including racial preferences, operating below the level of our awareness. Judge Trosch has pioneered efforts to apply the insights of social science research on implicit bias in his own courtroom and more broadly within the judicial system.

A lot of people are cheering Ja'Quaveyon Barber's graduation from Hopewell High.

There are the people you'd expect: His parents. His friends. The faculty who know him as bright, personable and highly motivated.

And there are those you might not expect. Such as the administrator who met him after he'd been suspended for fighting. And the judge who saw Barber at one of the worst points of his life.

Truancy Court, a CMS intervention program Judge Trosch helped bring to Charlotte in 2001, is still running strong. 

Authorities Work to Reduce Youth Crime

All eyes will be on reducing youth crime in Mecklenburg County this year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said the focus of 2018 is to break the cycle that leads to the criminal justice system.

Since 2001, the number of juveniles admitted to detention centers has fallen 65 percent, but the courts are still seeing offenders as young as 6 years old.

"The bad news is that there are a small number of kids that are involved in really serious criminal activity,” Judge Lou Trosch III.  “The good news, it's a very small number, and it's a problem that's going down."

Student Artwork Finds a Home in Mecklenburg County Courthouse

On Friday, April 19th at 3:30 p.m. on Level 8 of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Court Officials and Judges in partnership with the Arts & Science Council held a ceremonial unveiling of student artwork that will be displayed on Level 8 and Level 3 of the courthouse. This artwork will help highlight the success of the court's collaborations with local arts and science organizations. The art displays will not only honor the student artists, but also send a greater message to the community regarding each juvenile's potential and ability.

Why can’t minorities get over race? Here’s why

I’ve jumped out of airplanes at 14,000 feet and I have swum with sharks a hundred feet deep. But I’ve never tried anything as treacherous as this: writing a column, as a white male, about race, implicit bias and white privilege.

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National Council Of Juvenile and Family Courts: Think Tank with Lead Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) think tank series brings judges together to share knowledge and provide insights on issues of relevance to court improvement and collaborative systems change. The NCJFCJ think tank series aims to tap into the wealth of the Lead Judges’ knowledge base and experience to provide a lessons learned resource to other jurisdictions engaged in collaborative court improvement efforts. 

Judge Trosch on Joining the Democratic Party

“Over the last several years my former party has drifted further and further away from my core beliefs,” Trosch said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Simply put there is no longer room in the GOP tent for folks like me. Meanwhile the Democratic Party better reflects my values and ideals.”

Truancy Court is a community collaboration led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.   The purpose of the program is to eliminate barriers to regular school attendance, provide comprehensive support services to students with excessive absences, and assist families with developing important connections with schools.

2 Teams, 1 Goal: Hoops to Help Children Living in Foster Care

Charlotte Catholic High School and the Mecklenburg Guardian ad Litem Advocacy Foundation are teaming up to provide an afternoon of family fun through a basketball game featuring the Harlem Ambassadors and a team of players from local government, businesses and athletic staff at Charlotte Catholic.

6 Tips for Reducing Disparity in Child Welfare

Judge Trosch gives CASA/GAL volunteers tips on how they can play a vital role in helping to eliminate these disproportionalities and disparities by using these six tips in their work.

Judge Trosch Speaks on CMS Assignment Changes

Judge Lou Trosch, a West Charlotte High graduate, got repeated applause when he invoked the desegregation plan of 1970 that gave him a diverse experience as a student years later.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools got to be nationally recognized because leaders had the courage to make hard decisions when people were angry and upset,” Trosch said. “I am the person I am today because they had the fortitude to do that. I hope you will have the same fortitude tonight.”

African-Americans make up 35 percent of Charlotte’s population but represent 70 percent of the arrests. Nationwide, black drivers are stopped and searched more often than whites. Minority children are more likely to be suspended from school than white students. An initiative called “Race Matters for Juvenile Justice” has been working in Charlotte to reduce these disparities. Learn about their successes and what’s being done to ensure fairness in the justice system.

Judge Trosch on Raising the Juvenile age to 18 in NC

District Court Judge Lou Trosch thinks it's a good idea but he's worried lawmakers won't give the county the money they'll needed to effectively reform the juvenile justice system. 


"There are going to be costs and I don't know what they are and frankly I'm concerned about that," he said. 

Judge Trosch Speaks at Workshop to Explore Bias in Arrests and Punishments

Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding of Sacramento State University will give the keynote address. Mecklenburg District Judge Lou Trosch and Clerk of Court Elisa Chinn-Cary also will speak. Both have played significant roles in the county’s efforts to identify implicit bias in arrests, prosecutions and punishment.

This article describes regional institutional organizing efforts to bring racial justice to the Charlotte courts and community through a collaborative called Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ). The authors explain community and institutional organizing in-depth using the example of minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system, but recognize the pervasiveness of racial and ethnic disparities.

Truancy Court is a community collaboration led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.   The purpose of the program is to eliminate barriers to regular school attendance, provide comprehensive support services to students with excessive absences, and assist families with developing important connections with schools.

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