2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Jan
25
Thu
2018
Advanced Bench Skills: Procedural Fairness @ Miami, Florida
Jan 25 – Jan 26 all-day

Every day, when you take the bench, you have the opportunity to ensure that litigants leave your courtroom with greater respect for the justice system — whether they have won or lost their case. As a judge, you have the responsibility to ensure that the four key principles of procedural fairness (voice, respect, neutrality, and trust) are exhibited in your courtroom. With busy dockets and an increase in self-represented litigants, how can you be both efficient and effective in demonstrating these tenets?

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After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Address the myriad of instances where your justice and procedural fairness changes the participant’s response ensuring greater compliance and respect for the court.

Mondrian South Beach

The hotel for this course will be the Mondrian South Beach. Set on the stunning waterfront of Biscayne Bay, the Mondrian South Beach features a private marina exclusively for guests’ use. Located on newly fashionable West Avenue, the Mondrian is just minutes from the center of South Beach, downtown Miami, Miami Design District, Wynwood Arts District, Venetian Causeway, Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and Espanola Way.

The group room rate is $199 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 14%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until January 3, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (305) 514-1500 and referencing The National Judicial College.

This course qualifies for the NJC 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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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

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

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

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 are all welcome in this course. Limited jurisdiction judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Special Court Jurisdiction and administrative law judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Administrative Law: Fair Hearing prior to taking Fundamentals of Evidence.

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?

Class sessions will include instruction, small group discussion sessions and video scenarios, which define problems and elicit evidentiary rulings and decisions from the participants.

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
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College

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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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

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 persons who have a wide and diversified background in working with self-represented litigants.

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
26
Mon
2018
Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626) @ Washington, D.C.
Mar 26 – Mar 29 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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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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Apr
8
Sun
2018
Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: Web-Based
Apr 8 – May 25 all-day
Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: Web-Based

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
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

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.

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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Why should I take this course?

The efficient administration of modern tribal justice systems requires a team of competent court personnel with knowledge and skills to conduct a complex array of operational 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 administrators are encouraged to attend as a team.

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

April 24 – May 4, 2017 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,699 | Conference Fee $569 What’s this?

Also offered October 9 – 19, 2017 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:

  • 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 criminal law, civil case techniques, and domestic violence,.
  • Rule on evidence more confidently.
  • Create an appropriate case flow management system for your court.
  • Address electronically stored information discovery issues.
  • 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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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

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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14
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2018
Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground: Web-Based
May 14 – Jun 29 all-day
Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground: 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
21
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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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22
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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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4
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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

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?

Hon. Peggy D. Davis
Carl M. Dawson

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.

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?

Your faculty include Dr. Zelda DeBoyes of Colorado, who presents nationally on caseflow management techniques; the Hon. David Prince, who currently serves as the Deputy Chief Judge for Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District and has devoted significant time to developing technology tools for supporting modern litigation; and the Hon. Lori Walkley, who has handled over 20,000 cases on a docket that includes felony, civil, and family law cases.

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.

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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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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?

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan heads up this distinguished faculty of experienced ALJs, law professors, district court judges and other legal professionals who 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.

The Westin Michigan Avenue

The hotel for this course will be the Westin Michigan Avenue. Set on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Westin Michigan Avenue offers guests a wide array of options to satisfy even the most avid shopper. There are countless restaurants, and numerous things to do in Chicago; two such attractions are the midwest’s most popular tourist and leisure destination, Navy Pier as well as The Hancock Tower, where you can go up to the 95th floor and enjoy the best views of the city.

The group room rate is $199 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 17.4%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until June 2, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (504) 648-1200 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 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 (504) 518-6400 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.  The class includes a field trip to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.

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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 (504) 518-6400 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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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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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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The faculty were knowledgeable, dedicated and very enthusiastic. A very positive environment for learning and networking with the faculty and other judges. Great facilities too!
Hon. Rhonda Skipper-Dotta, Sacramento, CA
The discussion groups were great. I learned a lot from other ALJs.
Hon. Shannon Hogg, Fresno, CA
I am confident I will return to my office a better ALJ because of this course.
Hon. Laura Cunningham, Helena, MT

Why should I take this course?

This course offers both state and federal administrative law adjudicators a solid foundation in administrative law adjudication. This course will address the problems associated with all types of administrative law cases involving both represented and unrepresented parties.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Utilize sound pre-hearing practice and case management techniques.
  • Write decisions that will withstand judicial review.
  • Effectively address the issue of caseload management.
  • Incorporate alternative dispute resolution techniques where appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with litigants and colleagues.
  • Create and maintain a bias-free environment.
  • Evaluate witness and expert credibility.
  • Appropriately apply the rules of evidence and procedure.

Who should attend?

Adjudicators with less than five years of experience, who are new to the administrative law bench, who are looking for a refresher, or those with a fundamental foundation in administrative law adjudication should attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judge Toni T. Boone, (Ret.) of Wilsonville, Oregon, and Judge Thomas E. Cheffins of Springfield, Missouri, head this outstanding faculty of experienced state and federal administrative law judges from different agencies and parts of the country. Additional faculty includes an appellate judge, a law professor, and communications and writing experts.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations, team teaching, and small group discussions are the primary instructional methods. Other techniques include mock hearings and panel discussions.

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

Ensuring that litigants receive a fair hearing is paramount. In doing so, new administrative law adjudicators need the tools to render those decisions in a fair, impartial, and efficient manner. This program provides those tools and also provides a network of mentors to assist the adjudicator long after the course is over.

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 Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills and
Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Advanced Tribal Court Management @ The National Judicial College
Aug 13 – Aug 16 all-day
Advanced Tribal Court Management @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

This course provides tribal court judges and court administrators with a more in-depth examination of the business of managing a court. You will be able to: discuss external and internal jurisdictional cooperation; recognize the fundamental goals of access to justice and the establishment of stare decisis in the tribal court; design internal controls and develop policy for enhanced court operation; assess ethical issues; and evaluate the
impact of tradition and custom on court operations.

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Why should I take this course?

This course will provide you, as a tribal court judge or court administrator, with more advanced practices and procedures that you need to know as you prepare to reorganize an existing tribal court system.

What will I learn?

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the fundamental goals and responsibilities of tribal courts;
  • Articulate reasonable performance standards for the operation of your tribal court within key operational areas;
  • Develop useful practices and procedures for your court; and
  • Create a more efficient and organized tribal court that provides justice to individual litigants.

Who should attend?

Judges and Court Administrators may attend, preferably as a team.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include Judges and Court Administrators from around Indian Country as well as instructors who specialize in technology, case management and legal writing.

How is this course taught?

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

Does this course qualify for credits in the Judicial Studies degree program?

This course does not qualify for the MJS or Ph.D. degree programs.  However, it does qualify as an elective for the Certificate in Judicial Development, Tribal Judicial Skills program.

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

Court Management is the foundation of an efficient and effective tribal justice system that will truly and fairly serve your tribal community.

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 NJC 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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Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College
Aug 13 – Aug 16 all-day
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

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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Aug
20
Mon
2018
Scientific Evidence & Expert Testimony (JS 622) @ The National Judicial College
Aug 20 – Aug 23 all-day
Scientific Evidence & Expert Testimony (JS 622) @ The National Judicial College

This course will provide you with the ability to evaluate and interpret scientific evidence and to rule confidently on the admissibility of scientific evidence in both civil and criminal cases.

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Why should I take this course?

After attending this course, you will be able to recognize the judge’s role as a gatekeeper of scientific evidence and expert testimony; identify the consistencies and contradictions between the cultures of law and science; describe basic statistical concepts commonly used by experts; outline the scientific methods available to researchers studying complex human behavior; state the proper function and qualifications of forensic pathologists; and identify key concepts relating to computer forensic evidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Distinguish the differences and similarities between the Frye “general acceptance” test and the Daubert “scientific reliability” standard.
  • Define the process by which scientific discovery is made.
  • Describe some of the factors considered in evaluating the relevancy and reliability of proffered scientific evidence.
  • Examine and compare data to determine a scientific outcome.
  • Identify the key concepts of how computer forensic evidence is recovered and examined.
  • Understand what a DNA profile is and identify the most recent developments and best practices in DNA testing.
  • Recognize the function and proper qualifications of a forensic pathologist.
  • Understand and be familiar with the techniques commonly employed in testing for drugs.
  • Explain the basic scientific and statistical concepts of “scientific evidence” and “statistical significance.”
  • Knowledgeably discuss the scientific methods available to researchers studying complex human behavior.

Who should attend?

This course is specially developed as an introductory course or as a refresher for judges who hear civil or criminal cases involving scientific evidence.

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 course is presented as an engaging mix of classroom lecture, interactive dialogue, 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?

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.

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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Sep
10
Mon
2018
Special Consideration for the Rural Court Judge: Web-Based
Sep 10 – Oct 26 all-day
Special Consideration for the Rural Court Judge: Web-Based

Isolation, under-funding, lack of collateral social services in the community, and a high public profile. Do these things sound familiar? Judges in rural courts throughout our nation share a unique circumstance marked by these issues. This faculty-led online course shares techniques and experience from rural judges in meeting these challenges, and provides tools and suggestions to the participants which can be adapted in their courts as circumstances warrant.

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Why should I take this course?

As a rural court judge, you need a course tailored to your more sparsely populated community and jurisdiction. This faculty-led online course offers a convenient way to learn skills particular to the special nature of judging within a rural area, without having to leave your docket.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify areas of professional and personal isolation resulting from your service on a rural bench.
  • Analyze your role as judge on the Adjudicator and Agent-of-Change Continuum.
  • Identify and analyze provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct addressing issues of particular challenge to the well-known rural judge.
  • Identify the ethics pitfalls in dealing with disruptive defendants and litigants.
  • Analyze how the rural judge can remain involved in his or her community within the context of proper judicial conduct.
  • Identify ethical issues posed by the dual roles of judge and lawyer and to comply with the ethical rules applicable to those issues.
  • Recognize the threats to judicial independence resulting from recent efforts to inject politics and social or economic agendas into court decisions.
  • Identify the purpose and limits of the inherent power of the court and how to effectively deal with other branches of government.
  • Create a plan to deal with threats and emergencies.
  • Describe the relationship of childhood trauma to delinquency.
  • Identify signs of traumatic stress in children by age group.
  • Recognize the phenomena of implicit bias.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed for judges who preside over courts in rural areas and small, possibly isolated jurisdictions.

Who are the members of the faculty?

This course is taught by judges who preside over small and rural jurisdictions around the country, and understand the special issues confronting rural judges.

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?

Research shows that web courses are as effective as live courses, with less expense and greater convenience. This is an opportunity for the rural judge to gain a great amount of education without having to leave their docket or 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 General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Sep
16
Sun
2018
Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach (JS 619) @ Ashland, Oregon
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day

This course engages the participant in in-depth discussions and analyses of ethical behavior and justice at the point which law, literature, and life experience intersect. The curriculum involves a two-text approach: the literary text and the life text (the life experience of the judge who participates in the discussions). Participants attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and discuss the ethical dilemmas posed within the plays as the dilemmas relate to the judiciary. Plays this year will be determined at a later date.

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Why should I take this course?

This course is designed to spark in-depth discussion and analysis of ethical behavior and justice at the point which law, literature, and life experience intersect. Participants will immerse themselves in literary works that serve as the focal point of discussion. The curriculum involves a two-text approach: the literary text (a play, short story, novel, poem or essay) and the life text (the life experience of the judge who participates in the discussions). Participants attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and discuss the ethical dilemmas posed within the plays as the dilemmas relate to the judiciary. Participants must read the assigned literary texts prior to attending this course.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the ways in which literature exemplifies ethical issues facing the judiciary.
  • Identify an author’s views of justice and the judge’s responsibilities to administer justice in poetry, short stories, and the selected works of William Shakespeare.
  • Explain and apply judicial ethics in a manner that enhances public confidence in the judiciary.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for any type of judge, but especially judges with at least ten years on the bench. Judges who are willing to look at the foundations from which they make decisions should attend to explore the ethical and professional dilemmas they face.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are members of the judiciary with an interest in literature and the humanities, who are versed in the model code of judicial conduct and facilitating discussions that dovetail ethics and literature.

How is this course taught?

In advance of the course, participants will be given access to the required readings. The course is taught as a facilitated discussion group with faculty providing background information and facilitating dialog about the plays seen during the week and the literature read in advance.

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

This course uses literature as a vehicle to explore questions of ethics and justice, and the role and function of the judge in these contexts. The texts provide a common basis for discussion and sharing ideas about ethical behavior on and off the bench. The judge’s own experiences provide the “subtext” for the course.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Ashland Springs Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the historic Ashland Springs Hotel. The hotel is ideally located just steps from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lithia Park, and the heart of downtown Ashland. Other nearby Southern Oregon attractions include the world-famous Rogue River, and Crater Lake National Park.

The group room rate is $199 per night queen/$229 per night king (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 11%) for single or double occupancy and includes breakfast, hotel parking, and WiFi. This special rate will be available until August 17, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (888) 795-4545 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 Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Sep
24
Mon
2018
Ethics for the Administrative Law Judge: Web-Based
Sep 24 – Nov 6 all-day
Ethics for the Administrative Law Judge: Web-Based

Rule with confidence, knowing your decisions are ethically appropriate. This faculty-led online course uses hypothetical scenarios, interactive learning activities and online discussion to explore the ethical issues that face the administrative law judge. You’ll be able to apply the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for federal administrative law judges and explain the differences between their individual state codes and the Model Code.

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Why should I take this course?

This faculty-led online course will use hypothetical scenarios, interactive learning activities and online discussion to explore the ethical issues that face the administrative law judge. After this course, you will be able to rule with confidence, knowing their decisions are ethically appropriate; apply the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for federal administrative law judges; and explain the differences between their individual state codes and the Model Code. You will also learn about different cultures and their impact on the administrative hearing; and reduce bias and prejudice to maintain the integrity of the administrative process.

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 bias and stereotyping may impact court proceedings.
  • Identify and explain how perceptions of immigrants, different cultures, and gender may impact 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?

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, professors and professionals who have a mastery of teaching ethics in an online environment to limited jurisdiction and special court judges.

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.

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 and Dispute Resolution Skills disciplines.

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