2018 Course Calendar

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

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
12
Mon
2018
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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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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May
14
Mon
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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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
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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