2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Feb
19
Mon
2018
Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges: Web-Based
Feb 19 – Apr 6 all-day
Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges: Web-Based @ Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Are you making evidentiary rulings with confidence? This faculty-led online course will develop the skills needed to rule accurately on issues of hearsay, foundation, privileges and burden of proof, and make correct determinations concerning both expert witness and lay witness observation through real-world examples and interactive tasks.

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Why should I take this course?

The evidence issues that an Administrative Law Judge confronts can be complex and challenging. This web course offers a convenient way to explore ways to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently without having to leave your docket.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Apply fair hearing practices as they relate to evidentiary rulings.
  • Recognize common evidentiary issues in administrative hearings.
  • Apply basic principles of evidence to evidentiary issues as they arise in administrative hearings.
  • Identify and use procedural tools to resolve evidentiary issues.

Who should attend?

Full-time or part-time administrative law judges from urban or rural courts, including tribal courts, will find this course valuable.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced administrative law judges who have a mastery of teaching online, and possess a mastery of the rules of evidence as they apply to limited jurisdiction and special courts.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Friday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 10 am Alaska / 11 am Pacific / 12 pm Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills program.

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Selected Criminal Evidence Issues: Web-Based
Feb 19 – Apr 6 all-day
Selected Criminal Evidence Issues: Web-Based @ Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

You are often called on to make instantaneous decisions on the admissibility of evidence from the bench. Do you have a firm grasp on all of the rules of evidence as they apply to criminal cases? This faculty-led online course provides you with the tools to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently in criminal cases.

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Why should I take this course?

This faculty-led online course offers a convenient way to explore ways to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently in criminal cases without having to leave your docket.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify and explain the rules governing the evidentiary foundations.
  • Identify relevant evidence in determining the admissibility of evidence in trial practice.
  • Identify and determine admissibility prior to bad act evidence under the strictures of ER 404(b).
  • Balance the admissibility of relevant evidence with the impact of “undue prejudice” under ER 403.
  • Rule effectively on evidentiary issues involving competency.
  • Deal effectively with child witness testimony.
  • Correctly apply ER 607-609 regarding impeachment and rehabilitation.
  • Properly admit confessions into evidence.
  • Explain the rationale for the rule on expert opinion evidence.
  • Properly identify hearsay and determine the admissibility of evidence which is asserted to be hearsay.
  • Properly apply the rules governing authentication of evidence, including electronic evidence.
  • Summarize Crawford v. Washington and its progeny.
  • Anticipate future issues by analyzing national trends.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for judges who preside over criminal trials and want to quickly and confidently make evidentiary rulings, family court judges who are responsible for ruling on juvenile criminal cases, and judges who would like to hone their skills on evidence admissibility in criminal cases.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the field of evidence.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Thursday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

A solid understanding of the rules of evidence is essential to making appropriate decisions in criminal cases. The judge who participates in this class will be better able to swiftly and confidently rule on evidentiary issues from the bench.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.

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Mar
5
Mon
2018
Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges @ Tucson, Arizona
Mar 5 – Mar 8 all-day
Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges @ Tucson, Arizona

This course assists tribal court judges in developing the basic skills necessary to preside over criminal and civil matters in tribal court. After attending the course, participants will be able to outline appropriate jurisdictional boundaries for both civil and criminal cases in Indian Country; rule effectively on the admissibility of testimonial and documentary evidence in both civil and criminal matters; evaluate the role of tradition and custom in tribal court proceedings; write clear and well-reasoned decisions and establish and maintain rules of court appropriate for tribal jurisdictions.

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Why should I take this course?

If you are new to the bench, this course will help you develop and apply the skills necessary to function successfully as a Tribal Court Judge. You will be faced with resolving challenges in the areas of civil procedure, civil jurisdiction, criminal procedure and criminal jurisdiction. Particularly, you will learn about the intersections and gaps in state, federal and tribal authority in Indian Country.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Outline appropriate jurisdictional boundaries for both criminal and civil cases in Indian Country.
  • Evaluate and rule on the admissibility of testimonial and documentary evidence in both criminal and civil cases.
  • Evaluate the role of tradition and custom in tribal court proceedings.
  • Write clear, concise and well-reasoned orders and decisions.
  • Establish and maintain rules of court that are appropriate for your own jurisdiction.

Who should attend?

Tribal Court Judges who are new to the bench or those who want a refresher course should join us for this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include judges and other professionals from Indian Country who are fluent in Federal Indian Law Issues, evidence, collateral trial issues, ethics, and writing.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses experiential learning techniques and include lectures, group discussions, and role-playing exercises to increase your skills on the bench.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

At no point in the history of tribal nations has maintaining a strong and competent judiciary been more important. Jurisdictional lines in both criminal and civil cases must be clearly expressed and defended in your decisions. This course will develop those skills necessary to protect the rights of the people appearing before the court as well as the sovereign authority of your tribal nation.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Hilton Tucson East

The hotel for this course will be the Hilton Tucson East. Located only minutes from the University of Arizona, the property is close to the UA Science and Technical Park. As the world’s largest non-government funded aviation museum, the Pima Air & Space Museum is a great Tucson attraction with more than 300 varieties of aircraft and spacecraft. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Sabino Canyon is perfect for hiking or explore Arizona’s native cactus preserved at the Saguaro National Park. For those looking for more relaxing things to do in Tucson, the Park Place Mall, just one mile from the hotel, is Tucson’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

The group room rate is $91 per night (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 12% + $4/night) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until February 9, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier.Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.
Make your reservation by calling (520) 721-5600 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.

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Mar
12
Mon
2018
Advanced Evidence (JS 617) @ Monterey Bay, California
Mar 12 – Mar 15 all-day

This course is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. The expert faculty will review recent cases that impact evidentiary rulings, address problematic areas under the Federal Rules of Evidence, and explore the impact of these on evidentiary issues in state courts. After attending this course, you will be able to rule on evidentiary issues with greater accuracy and confidence.

PREREQUISITE: A law degree or completion of one of the following courses is required to attend: Fundamentals of Evidence (or its equivalent), Special Court Jurisdiction, or Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced.
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Terrific course. Faculty outstanding. Materials and charts signifying complex topics can be used immediately upon return to the bench. Very valuable.
Hon. John A. Schaefer, Clearwater, FL
The NJC promotes a very professional environment for learning. The instructors have never disappointed me.
Hon. Rick Varner, Sidman, PA

Why should I take this course?

Consistently rated as one of the top courses at NJC, Advanced Evidence is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. This course gives you the opportunity to analyze rules of criminal and civil evidence in a setting where you can debate the rules with other judges from around the country. The expert faculty will not only lead you through the quagmire of the Federal Rules of Evidence, but will also compare and contrast the common law rules of evidence. The course is “advanced” in the sense that you have the opportunity to examine the various rules of evidence in depth. It is helpful if you can bring your state’s evidence rules with you, so you can compare and contrast those rules with the federal rules.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Rule on evidentiary issues with greater accuracy and confidence.
  • Ensure that the baseline relevancy issues are met and their probative value outweighs unfair prejudice.
  • Re-evaluate pre-hearing and post-hearing procedures in your court.
  • Effectively examine your administrative hearings for implementation of ADR techniques.
  • Analyze quickly whether character evidence is admissible, particularly with regard to prior bad acts.
  • Describe when habit and custom evidence may be admitted.
  • Rule on impeachment objections after analyzing bias, capacity, and prior inconsistent statement rules.
  • Outline an analytical scheme for ruling on hearsay objections and the exceptions.
  • Recognize the judicial role of gatekeeper.
  • Confidently rule on issues relating to lay opinion and expert opinion testimony.

Who should attend?

This course has been specially developed for general jurisdiction judges or special court judges who hear criminal and/or civil cases. If you are a legally trained administrative law judge, you certainly are welcome; however, some of your practical concerns may not be specifically addressed. Appellate judges are encouraged to enroll not only for an update on evidence, but to hear the practicalities of applying evidentiary rules from a trial court judge’s perspective.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the field of evidence, as well as law professors who understand the real-life
concerns that judges face.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a number of adult education techniques including lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, debate, and class problems. Participants will also be directly involved in solving hypotheticals in your small group discussions.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Judges must have a good understanding of the rules of evidence to make appropriate decisions in their courtrooms. This course gives the participant judge the rare opportunity to contrast their state rules of evidence with those of their colleagues from around the country. Each participant will also be given in-class problems that they must present to their colleagues. Ultimately, the judge participant will come away with a greater grasp of the rules of evidence and the reasons underlying those rules.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

The hotel for this course will be the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. Monterey Bay offers an incredible array of activities and attractions, including the epic scenery of Big Sur, the unsurpassed Monterey Aquarium, the stunningly beautiful ride along 17-Mile Drive on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles, and the picturesque charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The group room rate is $199 per night for single or double occupancy (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 11.8% plus $10 nightly). This special rate will be available until February 19, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (831) 645-4013 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and the Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Fundamentals of Evidence: Web-Based
Mar 12 – Apr 27 all-day
Fundamentals of Evidence: Web-Based @ Cheboygan | Michigan | United States

This course is designed to provide you with a practical framework for ruling on evidence. You will be introduced to the principles of the Federal Rules of Evidence with a focus on using the rules to decide evidentiary issues. This course will benefit judges without law degrees who are looking for a better understanding of evidence as well as judges with law degrees who are looking for a refresher.

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Why should I take this course?

The NJC designed this course for judges who need an introduction or a refresher in the Federal Rules of Evidence and their practical application in court. During the course, the faculty will cover the Federal Rules of Evidence, focusing on those areas which most often impact trial judges, while also addressing the practical challenges of ruling on evidence day-to-day in individual jurisdictions.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will be able to make prompt and correct rulings in the following areas:

  • Relevancy.
  • Competency and privileges.
  • Burdens of proof.
  • Judicial notice and presumptions.
  • Impeachment and rehabilitation.
  • Constitutional limitations on the admissibility of evidence.
  • Hearsay and hearsay exceptions.
  • Documentary and demonstrative evidence.
  • Child witnesses.
  • Expert and lay witness testimony.

Who should attend?

Justices of the peace, non-law trained judges, limited jurisdiction judges, general jurisdiction judges, administrative law judges, military judges and tribal court judges with or without law degrees are all welcome in this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty team is composed of judges with extensive teaching experience in the area of evidence. Additionally, the faculty for this course may include a law school professor with experience teaching evidence courses.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Friday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Ruling on evidence is one of the primary responsibilities of every judge, and admissibility decisions are nuanced and subject to evolving with case law. New science and technology have added to the complexity of evidentiary issues. This course will help judges understand, analyze, and rule quickly on critical evidence matters.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Mar
19
Mon
2018
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s projections, the older-adult population will double between 2010 and 2030. As the population of America ages, probate courts will necessarily see an increase in the types of cases that they process – guardianships, conservatorships, elder-abuse protection petitions, and matters pertaining to estates. Moreover, probate courts handle a multitude of issues pertaining to minors. In addition to the simple fact that case management in probate courts will need attention, matters pertaining to the elderly and minors are different. This course provides both introductory concepts for the newer probate adjudicator as well as more advanced evidence and trial-management techniques for the experienced probate adjudicator. Participants will return to the bench with ideas shared by probate professionals from across the country as well as a multitude of checklists, forms, and other bench tools to improve efficiency.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define terminology and procedures used in a multitude of probate proceedings;
  • Apply promising practices toward administering trusts, wills, fiduciary appointments, and other probate matters, including trust accounting and tax issues;
  • Dissect factual difficulties experienced in contested matters and evidentiary hearings;
  • Appoint and manage fiduciaries, guardians and other persons with duties recognized by law; and
  • Describe issues related to competency.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include a law professor specializing in competency and end-of-life issues, and probate adjudicators.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

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Mar
21
Wed
2018
NHTSA Webcast: The Repeat DUI Driver @ Online Webcast
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

When hearing traffic cases, judges are often tasked with sentencing many DUI defendants for the second or third time. To curb the incidence of multiple offenders, judges need to have alternative sentences that are more effective than the standard sentencing guidelines. Based on current research studies, and existing programs that have proven effective, this webcast will provide the trial judge with practical and effective sentencing alternative for the repeat DUI offender. The faculty will provide alternative sentences for both the metropolitan court, as well as the rural court.

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After this webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss special defendant issues that occur with the repeat DUI offender;
  2. Create effective sentences that address this dangerous ongoing behavior; and
  3. Identify technology, such as various interlock devices, that the judge may require the defendant to use.

This webcast is brought to you through generous funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Apr
8
Sun
2018
Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: Web-Based
Apr 8 – May 25 all-day
Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: Web-Based @ Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Small claims cases can be among the most stressful and frustrating that a judge is called on to handle in a court of limited jurisdiction. Litigants with no knowledge of the legal system or its procedures come to your court with fact situations often containing very challenging legal issues. Your job is to take these raw materials and structure them into a meaningful legal process resulting in speedy, inexpensive justice. This faculty-led online course will guide you through the small claims process from pretrial, to trial, to post trial proceedings, and it will help you develop the practical skills for dealing with each aspect of the process.

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Why should I take this course?

Many individuals form their perceptions of the justice system through interactions with courts that handle issues such as those found in small claims cases. After this faculty-led online course, you will be able to positively impact the public’s view of court processes.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define the role of the Small Claims Court in your community, and articulate your individual philosophy of your role as a Small Claims Court Judge.
  • Design and create a bench resource containing materials and information.
  • Design and implement a communications plan to guide self-represented litigants through each step of the small claims process.
  • More efficiently schedule small claims hearings to decrease stress levels.
  • Take steps necessary to set up a mediation program for Small Claims cases.
  • Conduct a trial efficiently so that everyone is heard in an orderly and fair fashion.
  • Contact an interpreter quickly and inexpensively in a Small Claims trial.
  • Identify the issues and expedite the hearing of common Small Claims cases.
  • Evaluate and understand the role of the court in considering the proof required for judgments in consumer credit actions.
  • Address the issue of appropriate damages in tort cases.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any justice of the peace or judge who presides over a Small Claims Court or Small Claims cases.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the issues confronting Small Claims Court.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Thursday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

At times, the substantive issues in small claims cases can be complex. This course will enable you to handle those cases, and your court, more proficiently, enhancing your community’s perception of the courts.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Apr
10
Tue
2018
To Certify or Not, That is the Question @ Online Webcast
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

April 10, 2018 Noon – 1:15 PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free

Do you preside over class certification hearings? Do you have questions about Rule 23? Do you ever struggle writing orders certifying the class? If so, this webcast is appropriate for you and all judges hearing consumer class actions, employment class actions and/or mass torts.

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After attending this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Identify discovery matters to be address prior to a class certification hearing;
  • Outline best practices to procedurally handle a class certification hearing.
  • Describe what to include in a written order certifying the class.
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Apr
11
Wed
2018
Managing Cases Involving Commercial Drivers Licenses @ The National Judicial College, Reno NV
Apr 11 – Apr 13 all-day

Without proper enforcement, large tractor rigs, school buses, and even automobiles carrying dangerous cargo can cause devastating crashes. Judges have an ethical responsibility to ensure they apply both state and federal law to these cases. Correctly upholding the law can ensure that risky commercial drivers remain off of America’s roadways.

Managing Cases Involving Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) addresses what constitutes a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), analyzes the existing CDL Code of Federal Regulations, defines “conviction” for purposes of sentencing, and assists judges in assessing whether “masking” has occurred, a violation of federal law. NJC faculty will assist judges in determining whether a driver’s actions constitute drugged or distracted driving, and aid them in assessing the myriad of issues presented by elder and youthful drivers.
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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe what constitutes a commercial motor vehicle;
  • Interpret the code of federal regulations (CFR) and how it interrelates with state law;
  • Define “conviction” under federal law for purposes of sentencing;
  • Assess whether a proposed plea bargain violates federal “masking” laws;
  • Determine whether a driver’s actions constitute drugged or distracted driving; and
  • Outline issues presented by elder and youthful drivers.

Who should attend?

Any judges who hear traffic cases, or anticipate they will preside over a traffic docket in the future. Traffic issues affect all cases universally, thus it is always beneficial for a judge to be well-versed in the most pressing topics which are occurring today, and know how to manage the issues in an effective manner.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, consultants, attorneys, and law enforcement officers, who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a traffic court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding traffic case adjudication.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations are balanced with problem solving sessions, case studies, small group discussions, and video demonstration. The faculty encourages you to interact during class and make themselves available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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NHTSA Webcast: Marijuana and Impaired Driving @ Online Webcast
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

As more states legalize the use of marijuana, judges are seeing more marijuana-induced impaired driving cases. To protect the public, the judge must address a defendant’s impaired driving in a manner sufficient to create a change in the defendant’s driving behavior. To craft effective sentences, judges need to know the physiological impact of marijuana on driving skills and understand the limitations of their state’s new laws to address “weed impaired” driving.

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After this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss current national statistics on marijuana impaired driving;
  2. Identify common marijuana induced physiological reactions that impact driving skills;
  3. Recognize various states’ legislative schemes to address marijuana impaired driving including “zero tolerance laws” and “per se” laws; and
  4. Discuss reasonable and effective impaired driving sentencing options
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This webcast is brought to you through generous funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Apr
18
Wed
2018
National Judicial Institute and Conclave: Emerging Judicial Ethics in Today’s Cases @ Chicago, Illinois
Apr 18 – Apr 20 all-day
National Judicial Institute and Conclave: Emerging Judicial Ethics in Today’s Cases @ Chicago, Illinois | Chicago | Illinois | United States

In collaboration with the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. This two-day course will focus on emerging judicial ethics in today’s cases. All judges are eligible to attend. The Conclave will take place at the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark St., Chicago, Illinois. The program will commence at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 and conclude at noon on Friday, April 20. Click here to download the flier.

Click here to register. You will be taken to an ABA web page. 

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

Apr
23
Mon
2018
Court Management for Tribal Judges and Personnel (JM 690) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Court Management for Tribal Judges and Personnel <span class="title-js">(JM 690)</span> @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

The efficient administration of modern tribal justice systems requires a team of competent court personnel with the knowledge and skills to conduct a complex array of activities. This course will enhance the ability of judges and court administrators to evaluate the performance of their court in key performance areas (such as budgeting, calendaring, case management, and personnel administration) and develop practical approaches for making improvements. Judges and court administrators or court clerks responsible for court operations and management are encouraged to attend.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify the jurisdictional quandaries of Indian Country.
  • Explain the variety of administrative functions for which judges are responsible.
  • Determine how court administration impacts the court clerk’s office.
  • Identify standards for proper handling of all court records.
  • Explain what a budget is and identify different budget objectives.
  • Recognize techniques for managing trials.
  • Identify caseflow management concepts.
  • Recognize the benefits of enhanced procedural fairness.
  • Develop a strategic plan to improve customer service and public access in your court.
  • Identify common behaviors and attitudes that may lead to ethics complaints against court personnel.

Who should attend?

Judges and Court Administrators or Court Clerks who are responsible for court operations and management may attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include Judges and Court Administrators from around Indian Country. Additional Faculty includes instructors who are fluent in technology, case management, action planning and writing.

How is this course taught?

The course uses a “show, tell, do” format for skills development. Active class participation is encouraged.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

An effective court system incorporates able budgeting practices, prompt and accurate case administration as well as competently trained personnel which in turn provides your community with a respected and trustworthy tribal justice system.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 “S/U” or graded credits in the Justice Management Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.

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General Jurisdiction (JS 610) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – May 3 all-day
General Jurisdiction (JS 610) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

Also offered October 15 – 25, 2018 in Reno, NV

Jumpstart your judicial career! This course supplements state-sponsored judicial education by providing a solid foundation in the substance and theories that all new judges should have beginning their career on the bench. You are immersed in the core competencies of your profession. After attending this course, you will be able to manage your courtroom and individual cases, including cases involving self-represented litigants; conduct jury trials more effectively; summarize and apply developments in criminal law and procedure, judicial discretion, ethics, and sentencing; rule on evidence more confidently; make fair and unbiased decisions; and interact effectively with the media. The communication and listening skills learned in this course will enable you to communicate more effectively in your courtroom and with court staff.

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Extremely helpful to have presentations followed by opportunities to discuss. Enjoyed the practical down-to-earth tips. Learned from small group members and lunchroom discussions. Glad I was able to attend.
Hon. Sandra Donaghy, Cleveland, TN
The speakers were all highly informed on the subjects each presented. The topics were relevant to my needs as a new judge. The ability to hear different ways of handling issues from judges in other areas of the country exposed me to new ideas I may not have considered. Overall an excellent experience!
Hon. Philip T. Raymond, Macon, GA
I was truly engaged throughout the program and believe I learned a lot about how to be a judge. It opened my eyes on what I thought I already knew.
Hon. Michael P. Joyce, Olathe, KS

Why should I take this course?

Designed for the newer judge, the course introduces you to a variety of subjects and skills you will need and use in your judicial career. Both academic and experiential teaching techniques are used to provide you with the solid, basic understanding of various topics, from ruling on evidence to handling the self-represented litigant. In addition to the substantive law sessions, you will learn about courtroom control, ethical pitfalls and solutions, effective communication techniques, and decision making strategies. After your nine days at The National Judicial College, you will have the tools and resources to face most courtroom situations with confidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Rule on evidence more confidently,
  • Manage your courtroom and individual cases, including cases involving self-represented litigants,
  • Handle juries and sentencing more effectively.
  • Make fair and unbiased decisions.
  • Communicate more effectively from the bench.
  • Summarize and apply developments in civil case techniques,
  • Rule on evidence more confidently.
  • Create an appropriate case flow management system for your court.
  • Address electronically stored information discovery issues, and
  • Develop tools to address media inquiry and social media use in your courtroom.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for the newer general jurisdiction judge. Most participants find their attendance is most meaningful if they can attend six to twenty-four months after taking the bench. Experienced judges with or without law degrees who have completed the basic two-week Special Court Jurisdiction course are eligible to attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, law professors and experts from other disciplines who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in using the techniques appropriate for a professional education.

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a variety of adult education methods including lecture, question and answer, debate, hypotheticals, problem-solving, various media, and panel discussions. There is a great deal of sharing of experience and practice, which occurs particularly in the daily small-group discussions conducted by group facilitators who have previously attended the course. The atmosphere is intended to be relaxed with as much time as possible for completing exercises, but the lectures are deliberately provocative in comparing methods, ideas, and procedures.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Being an effective and efficient general jurisdiction judge requires a range of skills unique to the judicial position. This course will provide me with nine full days of intensive emersion in those basic, necessary skills. Participants learn best practices in a variety of topics. In addition, I will have the opportunity to utilize those techniques in various courtroom scenarios and practicums. Some of the topics covered include courtroom management, evidence rulings, defendant control, and judicial handling of staff and the media.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 4 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

Are your judicial documents clear, coherent and unambiguous? This course applies advanced composition principles to judicial writing at all levels of judicial work. Beginning with questions of aim, audience and style, we will go on to consider best practices in legal and judicial writing at this historical moment, and think together about relationships between decision-making and decision-writing.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Diagnose and revise difficult and unclear writing.
  • Identify the audience and styles of judicial writing.
  • Master three levels of style necessary to strong judicial work.
  • Define the relationship between writing and decision-making.
  • Master a series of tasks necessary to writing complete, effective, and efficient judicial documents.

Who should attend?

Any judge, judicial officer, law clerk, or court-affiliated staffperson who writes briefs, opinions, findings of fact, conclusions of law, jury instructions, or correspondences can benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

This course is team-taught by Judge Karen Hunt (Alaska, retired) and Professor Elizabeth Francis (University of Nevada, Reno). Since 1992, this team has developed the writing of over 1,200 judges in the Judicial Writing course.

How is this course taught?

The course combines lecture presentations and writing exercises. The lectures engage you in exercises of rewording sentences and paragraphs as well as critiquing opinions and other legal documents. The writing exercises culminate with one-on-one consultations between you and a faculty member.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By improving your writing ability, you will enhance both your productivity and efficiency. You will also be able to share many of the concepts and techniques learned through the course with your colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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May
2
Wed
2018
NHTSA Webcast: The Older Driver @ Online Webcast
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

As America ages, traffic judges face the challenge of crafting appropriate sentences for the older driver. Commonly, these defendants have special issues due to the diminishment of driving skills caused by the natural aging process. In addition, as a person ages the influence of prescription and non-prescription drugs, including over-the-counter medications, often impacts their ability to drive safely. This webcast looks at current national statistics on the older driver, discusses common causes of impairment in this population, and offers some workable sentencing options, including knowing when to restrict or remove a driver’s license.

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After this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the changing U.S. demographics related to driving patterns in this population;
  2. Recognize normal age-related change in the body and how these impair driving skills;
  3. Discuss how many prescription and over-the-counter drugs often used in this population impact the ability to drive well; and,
  4. Utilize tips and best practices for crafting effective sentences for the older driver.

 

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This webcast is brought to you through generous funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May
7
Mon
2018
Civil Mediation @ The National Judicial College
May 7 – May 11 all-day
Civil Mediation @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

Mediation is an important option in every system of justice. Judges with mediation skills can have opportunities open up to them both on and off the bench. This five day, 40-hour course is hands-on, interactive, fast-paced and practical. Simulations, interpersonal skill development and role play enable participants to integrate communication and problem solving techniques for effective mediation management, thus avoiding classic errors. When completed, participants receive a certificate honored by most states with mediator credential requirements. Enrollment is limited.

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Why should I take this course?

The techniques developed in this course will positively impact the judge’s communication and dispute resolution skills on and off the bench. This is a thorough and interactive, hands-on course that combines theory with practice. Participants act as mediators in simulated sessions and receive feedback on their performance. For those transitioning in their careers, the course provides a solid, practical starting point for becoming a mediator.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Start and conduct mediation sessions.
  • Outline common standards of conduct and ethical considerations for mediators.
  • Manage special problems and avoid classic errors.
  • Master the interpersonal dynamics of mediation.
  • Improve communication and negotiation skills.
  • Mediate cases more effectively and confidently.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for any judge of any jurisdiction who will use mediation techniques to resolve disputes. Other court personnel who will serve as court mediators are also welcome to attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty are widely recognized mediators who are seasoned instructors.

How is this course taught?

This course utilizes sophisticated role-playing exercises and extremely interactive presentations. The role-playing exercises allow participants to sit as a mediator in varying situations. You will have the opportunity to play the role of an attorney, a disputant, and an observer during the exercises.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

The use of mediation is burgeoning in the judicial and administrative fields as well as in the private sector. Adjudicators who can effectively settle disputes through the use of mediation will significantly reduce court management costs.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Conducting the Trial (JS 632) @ The National Judicial College
May 7 – May 10 all-day
Conducting the Trial (JS 632) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

This course has been cancelled.

Recharge your judicial batteries with a one-week refresher on taking a proactive role in handling trials and settlement conferences. You will receive useful tools in appropriate and effective courtroom techniques, managing pretrial discovery and motions, and more.

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Why should I take this course?

This course will provide you with tools to take a proactive role in handling trials, including self-represented litigants, pretrial motions and pleadings, discovery, pretrial conferences, settlement conferences, jury orientation and management, voir dire, witnesses, other evidentiary matters, general conduct of trials, taking of the jury verdict, entry of judgment, and the disposition of post-trial motions.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize effective case management strategies and apply them to ensure that you can provide credible trial dates to litigants.
  • Manage pretrial issues, including discovery and motions, and preside over pretrial conferences.
  • Apply early settlement techniques and styles to individual cases.
  • Resolve unexpected issues that may arise during jury trials.
  • Manage opening and closing arguments and control the introduction of evidence.
  • Effectively manage self-represented litigants in the courtroom.
  • Discuss and implement viable court security options.

Who should attend?

General jurisdiction judges and special court judges who would like to learn more about managing their courtrooms with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty are highly experienced trial judges who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching.

How is this course taught?

The course is a mix of classroom presentation, interactive dialogue, mock-court workshops, and small-group discussions. You are encouraged to bring examples of particular trial problems for discussion with the faculty and with colleagues from other states.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course will provide you with a rare opportunity to share trial management techniques with faculty and colleagues from around the country. Ideas generated at this course will help you to adjudicate cases more efficiently and fairly.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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May
14
Mon
2018
Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground (JS 601): Web-Based
May 14 – Jun 29 all-day
Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground (JS 601): Web-Based

As a judge, you have the responsibility of upholding the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Are you? During this course, you will explore the foundation of ethics, review and apply the Code to behavior both on and off the bench, and develop a framework to improve cultural competence.

Please note: This class meets for an hour each week on Thursdays at 12 pm Pacific / 3 pm Eastern.
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Why should I take this course?

This faculty-led online course will use guided analysis with experienced faculty to teach you to identify and distinguish between proper and improper court-related behavior, communication between lawyers and litigants, and interactions with pro se/unrepresented litigants. This course will also explore how inherent bias may impact court proceedings, and how to mitigate those effects in your courtroom, and how to deal with immigrants or court participants from different cultural values. Last, you will learn how to maintain ethics and integrity off of the bench and in judicial campaigns.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify and distinguish between proper and improper court-related behavior.
  • Identify and distinguish between proper and improper action in dealing with pro se/unrepresented litigants.
  • Identify and distinguish between proper and improper action in dealing with ex parte communication.
  • Identify and explain how your bias and stereotyping may impact your court proceedings.
  • Identify and explain how your perceptions of immigrants, different cultures, and gender may impact your court proceedings.
  • Nullify the effect of any bias and prejudice in order to maintain the integrity of the court for all participants.
  • Identify and rectify areas of bias in your courtroom.

Who should attend?

This course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty are highly experienced trial judges who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Thursday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.

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May
17
Thu
2018
Fundamentals of Water Law & Science @ The National Judicial College
May 17 – May 18 all-day
Fundamentals of Water Law & Science @ The National Judicial College

Dividing the Waters invites all judicial officers who are new to water to participate in the upcoming fundamentals workshop.  Nevada judges will receive a special invitation.  Topics include the law, science, adjudication practice, and relationships with state and federal governments.  For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Alf W. Brandt, at ALFIII@sbcglobal.net.

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This foundational course will equip water law adjudicators with the skills needed to effectively handle general stream and water-related cases. The course will cover different kinds of water conflicts with sessions on law, science, management, and relationships. Using interactive modalities, participants will track the water adjudication process from the initial prehearing conference to decision writing. An online learning component is included to provide participants the opportunity familiarize themselves with water law terminology and concepts in advance of the course.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Effectively manage a complex water law case;
  • Evaluate scientific and economic evidence with confidence; and
  • Draft a sustainable water law judgment.

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Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

*Tuition fee will be waived for Nevada Judges. Nevada judges are eligible for up to $300 airline/mileage reimbursement. Non-Nevada judges can apply for a scholarship to cover the fee and up to $300 for travel.
**Some exclusions may apply. Lodging will cover two nights – May 16 and 17.  

May
21
Mon
2018
Management Skills for Presiding Judges @ The National Judicial College
May 21 – May 25 all-day
Management Skills for Presiding Judges @ The National Judicial College

Your court needs a strong leader. Learn how to tackle human resources issues, budget complications, and other management challenges while you hone your management, leadership and communication skills.

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As a result of this five-day class, presiding judges, assistant presiding judges, administrative law judges, chief judges, and chief administrative law judges will hone their management, leadership, and communication skills.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Improve your performance as presiding judge and your relationship with the court administrator (if available);
  • Apply newly learned skills in dealing with some of the difficult issues you will face.
  • Apply the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (MBTI) to assist you in communicating with others;
  • Differentiate between management and leadership articulate the need for both in ensuring the long-term effectiveness of the justice system.
  • Summarize the role of management in organizational effectiveness.
  • Explain the need for maintaining a match between the person and the job;
  • Develop a security action plan;
  • Draft a plan for responding to potential budget cuts or for funding for a new project;
  • Apply strategic planning models to a variety of change issues confronting courts and agencies.
  • Plan outreach to the legal profession, litigants, jurors, justice community stakeholders, and other government officials.
  • Summarize the purposes of performance assessment and performance feedback;
  • Describe the research-based traits and behaviors associated with effective leaders; and
  • Identify leadership communication behavior (vs. leadership traits).

Pre-course online materials will be available for judges to complete approximately six weeks prior to the course start date. At that time, participants will receive an email with the website location and their login information. Participants should plan to set aside approximately two to four hours of time to review and complete the materials prior to the course.

This course qualifies as an elective for the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, and Special Court Trial Skills programs.

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May
22
Tue
2018
Drugged Driving Essentials @ The National Judicial College
May 22 – May 24 all-day
Drugged Driving Essentials @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

Unlike alcohol-impaired driving, drugged driving has no bright line test for impairment. Drugged driving cases require a judge to utilize a variety of judicial tools to effectively adjudicate these cases. In addition to the ability to determine which kinds of drugs an individual may be using, it is important to know how these drugs affect the individual, and may impair their ability to function. It is also imperative that a judge knows how to effectively craft sentences, which include treatment options, in order to provide a participant with the most beneficial mode of recovery.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the major classes of drugs and how they affect driving.
  • Describe what a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) does in the field of drug recognition, and will demonstrate through a courtroom mock trial how to qualify a DRE as an expert.
  • Illustrate effective and efficient sentencing options, and demonstrate how to prepare a legally sufficient order for continued court supervision.

Who should attend?

Any judges who hear traffic cases, or anticipate they will preside over a traffic docket in the future. Traffic issues affect all cases universally, thus it is always beneficial for a judge to be well-versed in the most pressing topics which are occurring today, and know how to manage the issues in an effective manner.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, consultants, attorneys, and law enforcement officers, who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a traffic court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding traffic case adjudication.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations are balanced with problem solving sessions, case studies, small group discussions, a mock-trial, and an off-site drug court visit. The faculty encourages you to interact during class and make themselves available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems.

How is this course taught?

Problems with drug abuse can affect a person involved in any type of court case. As such, it is important for a judge to be aware of the emerging trends in drug use, in order most effectively manage their cases. This course will provide the judge who presides over any type of docket with the tools to effectively determine if a person appearing before them is under the influence of drugs, and will provide practical methods of determining the most effective way to effectively manage the drug abuse issue.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Writing for Tribal Judges @ The National Judicial College
May 22 – May 24 all-day
Writing for Tribal Judges @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

Tribal judges must be able to write well-reasoned, well-articulated decisions. Your court’s clients deserve clear, unambiguous judicial documents and you can enhance the skills needed to produce strong, specific and detailed orders and decisions for your community. After participating in this course, participants will be able to articulate the position of both legal and traditional reasoning in tribal common law; explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning; identify the audience as well as the purposes and constraints of written judicial opinions; and improve the skills necessary to edit and revise opinions with greater confidence.

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Why should I take this course?

Tribal judges must be able to write well-reasoned and well-articulated decisions. Your court’s clients deserve clear, unambiguous judicial documents and you can enhance the skills needed to produce strong, specific and detailed orders and decisions for your community.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Articulate the position of both legal and traditional reasoning in tribal common law.
  • Explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Identify the audience as well as the purposes and constraints of written judicial opinions.
  • Improve the skills necessary to edit and revise opinions with greater confidence.

Who should attend?

Tribal judges at any skill level who want to improve their writing skills.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The course is taught by Professor Ronald Hofer and Chief Justice John Reif of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

How is this course taught?

The class is conducted through demonstration of writing styles and writing pitfalls, thorough class discussion, and writing practice exercises. You are asked to submit at least one opinion or writing sample for review and analysis by the faculty.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Writing clear, concise and precise orders and opinions is a critical skill for a judge. You will hone your abilities and be able to put what you learn into practice as soon as you return to the bench.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.

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Jun
4
Mon
2018
Appellate Skills for Tribal Judges @ The National Judicial College
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Appellate Skills for Tribal Judges @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

As a tribal appellate judge, you will benefit from an examination of current federal case law and its impact on the jurisdiction of tribal courts as well as learn principles and techniques to improve your skills in the areas of group decision making, legal reasoning and analysis and opinion writing.

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Why should I take this course?

This course will help you develop and apply the skills necessary to be an effective appellate court judge. It will benefit those new to the bench and those who have experience on the bench by enhancing skills in the areas of group decision-making, logical reasoning, legal analysis and opinion writing.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Make decisions in a group setting.
  • Analyze appellate issues in a logical and thorough manner.
  • Write clear, concise, and well-reasoned court decisions.
  • Discuss appellate techniques used in other tribal courts.

Who should attend?

Any judge who handles cases on appeal, whether civil or criminal in nature, should attend this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members include judges who have served in an appellate capacity and instructors who are experts in the field of writing, logic and legal reasoning.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught in a lecture and group discussion format with in-depth analysis of writing styles and techniques.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This is an opportunity for new and more seasoned Tribal Appellate Judges to develop important decision-making, communication, writing and analytical skills.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.

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Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know @ Las Vegas, Nevada
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know @ Las Vegas, Nevada | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

With opiate addiction at epidemic levels in both urban and rural America, the NJC has crafted a new course that focuses on the neurology of addiction with an emphasis on heroin and painkillers. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the science behind addiction and will offer practical solutions for the judge to manage all case types affected by drug use.

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Why should I take this course?

Drug abuse is an ever-present issue that will appear with increasing frequency in cases around the country. The use of drugs not only affects the user on a personal level, but also has a profound negative effect on those who are close to, and interact with the user. Moreover, drugs of choice change and evolve in communities over time. No matter the type of case, they all have the potential to involve a participant who may suffer from a drug abuse problem.

It is important for judges today to recognize and understand the drug issues that plague many Americans today, and find ways to effectively deal with the issue to reduce recidivism. This course provides an in-depth analysis on the science behind drug addiction, and offers practical solutions on how judges can effectively manage these types of cases.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Discuss basic brain chemistry.
  • Analyze the physiological and psychological effects of specific categories of drugs.
  • Develop skills to determine whether a participant is under the influence of drugs.
  • Identify different types of treatment options, which will cover psychological, behavioral, and social aspects.
  • Identify special populations, such as juveniles, those with co-occurring disorders, and veterans, and exercise examples of effective management and sentencing strategies for each group.
  • Craft effective sentences to bring about positive change in the drug user, while also providing effective sentencing options.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed to be appropriate for any judge on the bench, as drug abuse issues can appear in any type of case.

Who are the members of the faculty?

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, class problems and simulations, and group learning. The course has a specific scientific information aim to aid the participant in really understanding the science behind drug addiction.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The National Judicial College has set aside a limited number of specially priced rooms at The Cosmopolitan of Law Vegas at the contract rate of $189.00 single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes and fees (currently 13.38% + $30.00 Resort Fee) course attendees. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling 702-698-7000 or 877-551-7772. Be sure and mention The National Judicial College (NJC) room block to get the contract rate mentioned above.

This course qualifies for The NJC Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Effective Caseflow Management (JS 627) @ The National Judicial College
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Effective Caseflow Management (JS 627) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

“Justice delayed is justice denied” (Gladstone). Effective, efficient caseflow promotes justice and upholds the very purpose of our courts. This class is designed to take judges, court administrators, or court teams through a rigorous examination of the components of effective caseflow management.

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Why should I take this course?

Under the guidance of nationally recognized faculty, you will identify the elements of caseflow management, develop strategies for handling resistance to change, form criteria and time standards, and explore methods for getting and keeping judicial compliance.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify the purposes of courts and their direct impact on caseflow management.
  • Integrate caseflow management into judiciary goals and local legal cultures.
  • Define caseflow management and its proven principles and practices.
  • Identify the characteristics of strong system-wide leadership and its impact on caseflow management.
  • Recognize and map caseflow from a systemic perspective.
  • Employ standardized case management performance measures.
  • Utilize case management data to analyze performance.
  • Apply the principles of case management to calendaring, hearings and trials.
  • Plan and create a case management system to effect change in your court.

Who should attend?

Judges and court administrators who have responsibility for implementing systems for case management should attend this course. This includes chief and presiding judges, trial judges on a master or independent calendar system, and judicial administrators. The concepts can apply to any docket.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course include experts from the judiciary and court administration who have handled thousands of cases and have devoted significant time to developing technology tools for supporting modern litigation.

How is this course taught?

Classroom time includes presentations, exercises and the development of a personalize action plan for immediate implementation in your jurisdiction. You are encouraged to interact with one another in workshops and small discussion groups to compare and analyze experiences with caseflow management procedures.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By learning about and implementing an effective caseflow management system, you will enhance your own productivity and efficiency, as well as that of your court. You will also be able to share many of the concepts and techniques with your colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. This course also qualifies for 2 “S/U” or graded credits in the Justice Management Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

DATE CHANGED: March 19-22, 2018 June 4-7, 2018

Judges are often asked to lead projects that will improve the justice system. Learning about project management, leadership, human resources, and other business- or organization-based principles will help you succeed in these projects. This course provides leader judges with the answers to many court-related questions in a workshop setting where you can practice some of the techniques learned with beneficial feedback from your judicial colleagues and the experienced faculty members.

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This workshop will answer the following questions:

  • How do leadership and management relate?
  • Will principles that work in military and business settings really work in the justice sector?
  • How can I motivate people when they won’t receive any pay, raises, gifts, etc., for all of this extra work?
  • I keep hearing about “mindful leadership.” Is there really any benefit to “mindful leadership” or is this just some kind of passing fad?
  • When I find a better way to do things, why is it so hard to get others to change?
The workshop provides leader judges with the answers to these questions and many others in a workshop setting where they can practice some of the techniques with beneficial feedback from their judicial colleagues and the experienced faculty members.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Jun
6
Wed
2018
NHTSA Webcast: The Drug Recognition Expert: Training and Protocol @ Online Webcast
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

According to NHTSA statistics, every state has drug recognition experts as part of their traffic law enforcement team. The DRE is trained to detect and identify persons under the influence of drugs and to identify the category or categories of drugs causing driving impairment. However in the courtroom, the DRE’s testimony on an individual’s impairment is under scrutiny. This webcast will look at the DRE’s training and review of the protocol DRE’s use in the field.

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After this course you will be able to:

  1. Recount the training a law enforcement office under goes to become a DRE; and
  2. List the steps in the DRE’s protocol for determining impairment and drug category.
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This webcast is brought to you through generous funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jun
7
Thu
2018
ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Enhancing a Thoughtful and Effective Approach to Racially Impartial Sentencing @ Online Webcast
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

The criminal justice system and the judiciary face challenges in retaining and increasing the confidence of minority communities in sentencing decisions. This webcast will help judges evaluate their own sentencing for structural and implicit bias, and techniques they may consider employing to reduce any bias in sentencing.

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After attending this webcast, judges will be able to:

  1. Identify data and evidence that some believe document the challenges that the judiciary face in maintaining and enhancing the confidence of minority communities;
  2. Identify the evidence and data that suggest to some that American sentencing is racially biased, along with legal and ethical considerations and constraints on judges that conclude that this position is supported; and
  3. Identify and explain measures that may counteract implicit and structural bias.
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Jun
11
Mon
2018
Administrative Law: Advanced @ Wilmington, Delaware
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

This advanced-level, four-day course for experienced administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers gives an in-depth look at federal and state administrative law, including evidentiary trends in administrative proceedings, due process, ethics, and court procedures unique to administrative law, including the implications inherent in conducting telephone hearings. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of recent decisions.

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Overall the course was a worthwhile learning experience. The course touched on all pertinent topics relative to ALJ’s in various careers.
Hon. Zandra Petersen, St. Croix, VI
The diversity of experience among participants greatly enhanced the variety of perspective.
Hon. Doug Donohue, Boise, ID
Right on point with a lot of issues with which I deal.
Hon. Alexia Emmermann, Carson City, NV

Why should I take this course?

This advanced level, one week course includes in-depth discussions on the nature of the judicial process, due process, judicial ethics, and understanding cultural diversity. Advanced techniques in decision making, judicial writing, judicial review, access to justice and telephonic hearings are also addressed.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Apply due process and other constitutional developments affecting administrative adjudication.
  • Integrate recent evidentiary developments into your proceedings.
  • Re-evaluate pre-hearing and post-hearing procedures in your court.
  • Effectively examine your administrative hearings for implementation of ADR techniques.
  • Fortify your decisions to survive judicial review.
  • Regulate the ethical behavior of counsel and presiding officers during administrative proceedings.

Who should attend?

This session is designed for administrative law judges and other agency adjudicators from federal, state, regional and local agencies who have more than three years’ experience. Those who have completed the basic two-week Administrative Law: Fair Hearing course will benefit most from the course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course include administrative law judges, a supreme court justice, and a law professor, all of whom are intimately familiar with administrative proceedings.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations, team teaching, and small group discussions are the primary instructional methods.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Judging is a lifelong process. Formal training with recent developments in an advanced setting will serve to encourage judicial efficiency resulting in both fair and judicial effectiveness in handling your caseload.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington Pike

The hotel for this course will be the DoubleTree Wilmington. A block of rooms has been reserved for June 10, 2018 – June 15, 2018. The special room rate of $127 per night for a King room will be available until May 21st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please click here to book.

Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, and Dispute Resolution Skills disciplines.

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Evidence in a Courtroom Setting (JS 633) @ Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

This is a highly interactive course in which judges from different jurisdictions and backgrounds can openly and vigorously examine the rules of evidence that apply in their jurisdictions. Topics include: ethical issues, relevancy, lay and expert witnesses, impeachment, privileges, best evidence and demonstrative evidence, authentication, hearsay and its exceptions, electronic evidence, and judicial notice.

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Why should I take this course?

Judges should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the evidentiary issues that arise in cases, and should be prepared for the pitfalls that often cause cases to be reversed or delayed. Being prepared for an efficient handling of the cases can help not only you with your individual docket but will also help the entire judicial system with speedy and efficient resolution of cases. As part of the course, you will review the Federal Rules of Evidence and contrast them with the rules of evidence in your states.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize troublesome issues which often arise in cases.
  • Select appropriate judicial strategies for resolving issues in cases.
  • Develop pretrial strategies which will help move cases to speedy and successful conclusions.
  • Make proper rulings in criminal cases involving the 4th Amendment and other evidentiary issues.
  • Avoid mistrials and reversals.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for all judges who preside over trials.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judges and law professors who have a wide and diversified background and expertise in handling trials and evidentiary issues are members of the faculty.

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a number of adult education techniques including lecture, discussion, question and answer, and hypothetical situations, and will participate in a workshop where you make rulings and discuss the rationale for the rulings.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course will enhance and increase your ability to handle evidentiary issues in a more efficient and speedy manner and to avoid costly and time consuming mistrials and reversals.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Spring Creek Ranch

The hotel for this course will be Spring Creek Ranch. The property is located on a wildlife sanctuary almost a thousand feet above the town of Jackson and has spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range, including the world famous 13,700-foot Grand Teton. Explore Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, test your skill on the Snake River with fly fishing or white-water rafting, or enjoy many other recreational opportunities.

The group room rate is $229 per night (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 8%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until May 10, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling the reservation center at (307) 733-8833 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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Jun
18
Mon
2018
Advanced Skills for Appellate Judges @ New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

This course is designed to provide appellate judges with advanced topics in opinion writing, small group dynamics and collaborative decision-making, law clerk/staff management, how to get the most during oral argument, ethics as they pertain to appellate judges, and other topics of interest to the experienced appellate judge. In addition to structured, interactive presentations from faculty, participants will have several opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

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Why should I take this course?

As an experienced appellate judge, you may want to build your skills around reaching consensus with your colleagues, managing your staff, improving your writing skills by tailoring your opinions to your audience with brevity and clarity, and exploring the intersection where technology and ethics meet.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate how the structure of the appellate court and their personal activities might affect public trust and confidence in the justice system.
  • Practice techniques that improve leadership in developing positive, collaborative relationships with their colleagues on the appellate bench.
  • Analyze appellate issues in a logical and well-thought-out manner.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for appellate judges who have been working in an appellate court for at least three years.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are experienced appellate judges and experts in communication, small-group dynamics, and staff management.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught with a mix of interactive large group discussion, small group discussion, and lecture.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course, developed with the extensive input of experienced appellate judges, provides advanced studies in opinion writing, small group dynamics and collaborative decision-making, law clerk/staff management, how the get the most during oral argument, ethics as they pertain to appellate judges, and other topics of interest. In addition to the structured, interactive presentations by faculty, participants will have several opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

NOPSI Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the NOPSI Hotel. The hotel sits adjacent to the historic French Quarter, only five blocks to the celebrated music clubs of Bourbon Street and the famous restaurants and antique shops of Royal Street.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.75%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until May 28, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (844) 439-1463 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies as in elective for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Appellate Judicial Skills discipline.

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Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases (JS 642) @ New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Join us as we trace the foundations of American jurisprudence and the development of American law from its revolutionary foundation to current times by analyzing select U.S. Supreme Court cases in their historic context. This course sets the stage for a thorough understanding of the historic basis for American law.  You will examine significant events in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that advanced or held in abeyance the tide of changing times.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Compare the characteristics of American jurisprudence as it developed under Marshall
  • Discuss how U.S. Civil War SCOTUS cases continue to impact American jurisprudence
  • Identify the cases that reflected major cultural shifts between WWI and WWII
  • List some social changes and related cases from the Warren Court years
  • Speculate on the lasting effect current (since 2001) SCOTUS cases will have on US history
You will examine significant historical points in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that both advanced, and held in abeyance, the tide of changing times.

Who should attend?

Judges interested in the foundational cases and historic turning points in the development of America’s judicial system should attend. Judges who must daily protect and preserve the basic and fundamental rights of our society will especially benefit from this program.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, legal historians, professors and experts who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in the history of today’s justice.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through informal lecture and class discussion. A field trip to an appropriate venue will enhance the learning environment.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By teaching judges the bases of fundamental rights this course enhances their abilities to adjudicate these issues, strengthens dedication to the U.S. system of justice, and dramatizes the role judges play in today’s judicial system.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

NOPSI Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the NOPSI Hotel. The hotel sits adjacent to the historic French Quarter, only five blocks to the celebrated music clubs of Bourbon Street and the famous restaurants and antique shops of Royal Street.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.75%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until May 28, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (844) 439-1463 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies as in elective for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Appellate Judicial Skills discipline.

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Jun
25
Mon
2018
Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626) @ Washington, D.C.
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day

Judges need to write in a clear, precise, and unambiguous manner that can be easily understood by those who read judicial documents. The goal of this course is to assist the writer to achieve such a style with sharp judicial writing skills. This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise.

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This course will be held at The Army and Navy Club, easily accessible by Metro red, orange, blue, and silver lines. There is no designated hotel for this program; participants are welcome to stay at any property in the greater Washington, D.C. area. For a list of area hotels offering a government rate, try fedtravel.com. NJC has secured a special rate of $269/night (plus tax) at the Washington Plaza Hotel. To access this special rate, please click here.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Analyze a wide range of argument patterns.
  • Identify multiple aims and audiences of judicial writing.
  • Deconstruct complex legal sentences.
  • Recognize and improve sentence patterns associated with issues, statements, findings of fact, and legal conclusions.
  • Apply principles of style.

Who should attend?

Any judge or court-affiliated staff person with extensive writing duties who has previously attended Judicial Writing or other one-week state or national judicial writing program approved by The National Judicial College. This course will extend skills developed in Judicial Writing.

Who are the members of the faculty?

This course is team-taught by Elizabeth A. Francis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno and Hon. Karen Hunt, Judge (Retired), Superior Court, Anchorage, Alaska.

How is this course taught?

This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise. You will bring at least two substantial writing projects with you to perfect during the week.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By improving your writing ability, you will enhance both your productivity and efficiency. You will also be able to share many of the concepts and techniques learned through the course with your colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Jul
9
Mon
2018
Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 610) @ Orlando, Florida
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day

Do you need a fresh look at your role on the bench? From civility to contempt, this course will help you develop the skills you need to oversee your courtroom effectively. After taking this course, you will be able to demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench, more effectively make and protect the record, deal with difficult people in the courtroom, apply contempt powers from the bench with confidence and restraint, and more.

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Why should I take this course?

A practical course for new judges and for judges who want a fresh look at their role on the bench, this course provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills that you need to oversee your courtroom more effectively.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench.
  • Create solutions for problems that commonly arise with self-represented litigants.
  • Encourage and promote civility in the courtroom.
  • Handle trial disruptions with confidence.
  • Learn and apply innovative jury management techniques.
  • Identify techniques to minimize the impact of implicit bias.
  • Recognize the judge’s role in making and protecting the record.
  • Describe the effect of stress on judicial performance.
  • Discuss viable court security options.

Who should attend?

General jurisdiction, special court, and tribal judges who hear criminal or civil cases will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course are highly experienced judges and experts in the fields of communication and decision-making.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a combination of lecture, question and answer, debates and class problems. You will be expected to participate in active discussions of current issues and to offer insights and experiences in dealing with such matters. Time is also set aside for small group discussions.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

All judges can benefit from learning to be more efficient and by thinking “outside of the box.” They will have the opportunity to learn not only from the expert faculty but also from colleagues from around the country. Judges often rely on local legal culture to define how they conduct their courtrooms and trials. Examining the culture is important for ensuring growth and progress.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

The Grove Resort & Spa

The hotel for this course will be The Grove Resort & Spa. The Grove features fun activities for families and also features private pools and amenities for adults seeking a peaceful retreat. Those seeking a more natural experience can venture to the shores of Lake Austin for a variety of watersports, or simply to take in the charm of Central Florida’s unique and diverse landscape.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 12.5% + $10 per night) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until June 17, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by clicking here or calling (407) 545-7500 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

 

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Jul
30
Mon
2018
Taking the Bench: An Interactive, Online Course for New Trial Judges @ Web-Based
Jul 30 – Aug 31 all-day

The purpose of this online course is to provide education for judges who have been recently elected or appointed. The course is four weeks in length. Judges spend an average of six to eight hours per week on assignments, and you are required to attend a weekly web conference.

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What will I learn?

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Ascertain how to address issues that judges face in transitioning from the bar to the bench.
  • Describe what new judges can expect to experience in their courtroom.
  • Identify what judges do in chambers that even trial lawyers wouldn’t necessarily be aware of.
  • Define what judges should and should not do in relating to their communities.

Who should attend?

Judges who have been recently elected or appointed.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty are highly experienced judges and experts who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching. 2018 faculty includes Judge Kristi Harrington, Judge Jenifer Harris, Professor Benjamin Holden, Judge David Kimberley, and Judge Thomas Zonay.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video, and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between six and eight hours on lessons per week, with a total of four weeks of instruction (week three is a break week). On Friday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills program.

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Aug
6
Mon
2018
Decision Making (JS 618) @ San Diego, California
Aug 6 – Aug 9 all-day

This course familiarizes you with the factors that affect the judicial decision-making process and assists you in the analysis of your own thinking and style. Faculty address the psychology of decision making, how personality type may influence decision making, ethical considerations that may impact decision making, how appellate courts review decisions, and practical suggestions to aid in making decisions from the bench.

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Why should I take this course?

Each and every day, judges are called upon to make decisions that affect the lives of the persons coming before them. This course familiarizes you with many of the factors that affect the judicial decision making process and assists you in analyzing your own thinking and style. During the course, the faculty will cover the psychology of decision making, explore how personality type may influence decision making, review ethical considerations that may impact decision making, discuss how appellate courts review decisions, and provide practical suggestions to aid in making decisions from the bench.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify your own decision making style.
  • Explore issues of fairness and equity.
  • Examine the use of judicial discretion.
  • Analyze conflicts of interest and ethical dilemmas.
  • Recognize the factors that can cause an appellate court to overturn a decision.
  • Write and communicate decisions more clearly.

Who should attend?

All types of adjudicators will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members include judges and experts in the psychology of decision making and how personality type may impact decision making.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through interactive lecture, hypothetical case study, and class discussion facilitated by a diverse faculty.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Improved decision making skills can enhance my efficiency and efficacy in court and improve my productivity and proficiency. Many of the concepts and techniques learned can be shared with colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Andaz San Diego

The hotel for this course will be the Andaz San Diego, located in the heart of downtown San Diego and just minutes from the San Diego International Airport. This Hyatt-family property is close to Seaport Village and the beautiful San Diego Bay and just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The group room rate is $229 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 13%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until July 16, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (619_849-2052 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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Aug
13
Mon
2018
Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612) @ The National Judicial College
Aug 13 – Aug 23 all-day
Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

This intensive two-week course provides newer state and federal administrative law adjudicators with a solid foundation in the tools and techniques to create and maintain a “fair hearing,” complete the record, and provide a clear order. Separate tracks are offered which recognize the differences between the conduct of low-volume and high-volume proceedings.

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