2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
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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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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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
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
Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

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

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty are widely recognized mediators who are seasoned instructors.

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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

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

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

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

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

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

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

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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
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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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
Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure (JS 645) @ The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

When is a search or seizure justified? Who has standing to challenge? When is a warrant needed? If the amendment is violated, does the exclusionary rule apply? This course answers these questions and others through the examination of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Along with computers and digital evidence, the course examines consent searches, warrant execution issues, and searches without warrants, including exigent circumstances, community caretaking, inventory searches, automobile searches, frisks, and searches incident to arrest.

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Why should I take this course?

The Fourth Amendment is the most implicated constitutional protection. It is also the most litigated. Accordingly, judges frequently have to rule on objections and motions concerning the Fourth Amendment. What is a search? When does a seizure occur? What are the types of searches and seizures? What interests are protected by the Amendment? Who has standing to challenge the intrusion? When is a search or seizure justified? When do the police need a warrant? If the Fourth Amendment has been violated, does the exclusionary rule apply?

The four-day course offers insights on motion hearings practice, examines the principles related to consent searches, and contains sessions on warrant issuance and review of that decision, warrant execution issues, and searches without warrants. These latter searches include exigent circumstances, community caretaking, inventory searches, and automobile searches. The course also discusses frisks and searches incident to arrest. Finally, the course offers an overview of developing principles related to computers and digital evidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe limitations on protected interests including open fields, assumption of risk, voluntary disclosure and abandoned property.
  • Articulate the Supreme Court’s framework to address standing.
  • Identify the present scope of Fourth Amendment protection in areas around residences and businesses.
  • Describe the lower burden on the government to prove consent to search was voluntary under the Fourth Amendment compared to the government’s burden to prove “waiver” and voluntary relinquishment of rights under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.
  • Determine when a seizure occurs within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.
  • Identify the Terry v. Ohio frisk, plain view and plain feel, protective sweeps, exigent circumstances, and inventory exceptions to the search warrant requirement.
  • Determine the applicability of the Fourth Amendment to automobile searches.
  • Summarize the “knock and announce” rule and identify the limits of detaining a person during the execution of a search warrant.
  • Summarize the elements of a valid search warrant.
  • Define when to hold motion hearings and rule on standing issues with greater accuracy.
  • Summarize the exclusionary rule; define the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine; describe when the “attenuation of the taint” doctrine applies; identify when the “independent source” doctrine applies; describe the “inevitable discovery” rule; identify the applicability of “good faith” in the area of inevitable discovery; and summarize the “impeachment” exception to the exclusionary rule.
  • Describe the two different ways that appellate courts analyze computers (as containers or as “special approach”).
  • Analyze whether the amount of intermingled documents should change the analysis in allowing a computer search or seizure or not.

Who should attend?

The course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Professor Thomas Clancy is the author of two editions of The Fourth Amendment: Its History and Interpretation, a treatise that explores the myriad of issues involved in Fourth Amendment litigation. He is joined by judges Ilona Holmes (Florida circuit court), Mark McGinnis (Wisconsin circuit court), and Roderick Kennedy (New Mexico Court of Appeals, Ret.). The faculty team has educated hundreds of judges, both trial and appellate.

How is this course taught?

A variety of teaching techniques including lectures, case studies, large and small group discussions, and polling questions. The course is an excellent mix of the theoretical and practical.

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

Ruling incorrectly on a search or seizure matter can result in having to retry a case. The Fourth Amendment is one of the most litigated and most technically difficult areas of the law. To avoid wasting scarce judicial resources, all judges can benefit from participation in 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.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

The hotel for this course will be the Brown Palace Hotel. Denver offers multiple opportunities to explore cultural attractions, sporting events, and great shopping and restaurants. The Denver Art Museum, the Denver Downtown Aquarium, Coors Field, and the 16th Street Mall are all close by.

The group room rate is $239 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 14.8%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until August 23, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

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

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Oct
1
Mon
2018
Advanced Evidence (JS 617) @ The National Judicial College
Oct 1 – Oct 4 all-day
Advanced Evidence (JS 617) @ The National Judicial College

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.

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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Civil Mediation @ The National Judicial College
Oct 1 – Oct 5 all-day
Civil Mediation @ The National Judicial College

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 an 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 to 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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Oct
8
Mon
2018
Best Practices Self-Represented Litigants @ The National Judicial College
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day
Best Practices Self-Represented Litigants @ The National Judicial College

In the last decade, self-representation has increased exponentially. Self-represented litigants now appear on court dockets in almost every case possible including civil, criminal, felony, domestic relations, traffic, misdemeanor, small claims, probate and administrative cases. Self-represented litigants pose a special problem for the judge presiding over the case because they are not keenly aware of courtroom procedures and evidence rules. After this course, participants will be able to recognize when an indigent self-represented party may be entitled to court-appointed counsel; move a self-represented party civil docket expeditiously; use settlement techniques in cases involving self-represented litigants; recognize the limits on assisting self-represented parties; and apply innovative methods and strategies to ensure that these litigants have proper access to the justice system. After this program, participants will be able to describe some of the best practices for managing these difficult cases.

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Why should I take this course?

Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) now appear in court dockets in almost every area possible including domestic relations, traffic, criminal misdemeanor cases, small claims, and probate. SRLs pose a special problem for the judge presiding over such cases because SRLs are often not aware of courtroom procedures and evidentiary rules. Questions include: What is the role of the judge in the adversary system if one party has no lawyer? What control, if any, should the judge exercise over the presentation of evidence? Should a judge comment on the evidence? Should a judge call a missing witness? There are many more questions for judges in striving to maintain the integrity of the justice system and ensuring that the litigants have a fair and just trial. This course is designed to assist you in dealing with these tough questions.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize when an indigent SRL party may be entitled to court-appointed counsel in criminal and civil cases.
  • Move a SRL party civil docket expeditiously.
  • Recognize the limits on your ability to assist a SRL.
  • Supply methods and strategies to ensure that SRLs have proper access to the justice system.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for judges who decide on civil and criminal cases involving SRLs and who need information about issues dealing with management of those cases involving SRLs.

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.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through lecture, small group discussion, question and answer, and experienced learning field trip to the local courthouse.

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

How a judge deals with SRLs is critical to management of court dockets as well as the public’s perception of the justice system. This course will help judges appropriately deal with SRLs to best serve the courts system and the public.

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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Oct
15
Mon
2018
Ethics, Fairness & Security in Your Court and Community @ Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day
Ethics, Fairness & Security in Your Court and Community @ Las Vegas, Nevada

As a judge, you have the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the court process. Are you? This course will help participants reduce bias and prejudice in their court, as well as apply security measures when engaging with the public.

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Why should I take this course?

During this course you will examine real cases and use hypothetical scenarios to distinguish between proper and improper personal conduct in your courtroom and community activities. You will study research on implicit and institutional bias so that you can better recognize its effects. After attending, you will also be able to identify security risks and apply appropriate personal security measures while on the bench, in your home and with your family. Upon completion, you will be well-versed in the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the foundation of this course.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Assess the ethical responses to everyday situations that may confront you in and out of the court.
  • Identify security risks in and outside of the courthouse, and develop a security plan for dealing with threats.
  • Apply appropriate sanctions to contemptuous acts and utilize preventive measures for dealing with trial and court disruption.
  • Identify clearly improper and clearly permissible political activity, and the activities that lie between the two.
  • Recognize elements of institutional and cultural power, evaluate how differential treatment flows from society’s ranking of social identities, and use this awareness to promote public confidence in the fairness of your court.

Who should attend?

Any judge will benefit from attending this course regardless of the type of court or agency in which they sit. This course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges, as well as judges anticipating a move into a leadership role in their court.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judges, researchers, law and university professors, and judicial security experts, who have a mastery of their subject matter.

How is this course taught?

A variety of teaching techniques including lectures, case studies, large and small group discussions, and polling questions. The course is an excellent mix of the theoretical and practical.

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

Ethical breaches, security lapses, and systemic biases, even when unintentional, have far-reaching consequences. Attendance in this course will help judges identify and correct these issues within their court.

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 djudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Oct
29
Mon
2018
Mindfulness for Judges @ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

This four-day program, held in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, is an opportunity to pause from the many complexities of being a judge and find some space to breathe and reflect. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in the present moment. It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present and using that information to respond to the unfolding of our work and lives.

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Over the course of the four days, we will explore the most current research on mindfulness, including the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the effects of mindfulness on work-related skills and behaviors. Specifically, participants will learn how mindfulness can help cope with trauma, and enhance leadership and communication. Mindfulness also …

  • develops your immune system;
  • aids with physiological responses to stress and negative emotions;
  • improves social relationships with family and strangers;
  • reduces stress, depression, and anxiety;
  • increases well-being and happiness;
  • increases openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness; and
  • improves your awareness that is more clear, nonconceptual, and flexible.

Research on mindfulness in the judiciary, for example, the effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing unconscious biases, will be a particular focus. In addition to the didactic portion of the program, we will spend a significant amount of time experiencing directly a wide variety of attention focusing and meditation practices, while leaving time for thoughtful dialogue and inquiry. By the end of the course you will have both experience with mindfulness practice along with the resources to keep your practice going for years to come.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define “mindfulness”;
  2. Describe why mindfulness is especially important for judges to employ;
  3. Summarize the benefits of mindfulness for both your personal and professional life; and
  4. Apply mindfulness to assist you in decision making.

Kelly, Zarcone, Mindfulness Training Has Positive Health Benefits: Interdisciplinary Research Shows How Powerful the Mind Really Is, located at https://nau.edu/research/feature-stories/mindfulness-training-has-positive-health-benefits (visited Apr. 15, 2016).

Drury Plaza Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the Drury Plaza Hotel. Experience the vibrant culture of New Mexico at this artful resort near the Historic Plaza, offering easy access to legendary activities and attractions. The Historic Plaza is a designated National Historic Landmark in Downtown Santa Fe that is home to various shops, live music venues, art galleries and restaurants. Explore Canyon Road. What began as a residential neighborhood has become a prominent Santa Fe arts district, with over a hundred art galleries and studios exhibiting Native American art and antiquities, traditional and modern Hispanic art, regional contemporary art, international folk art and international contemporary art.

The group room rate is $129 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 8.3%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until October 15, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (505) 424-2175 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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Nov
5
Mon
2018
Designing and Presenting: A Faculty Development Workshop @ The National Judicial College
Nov 5 – Nov 8 all-day
Designing and Presenting: A Faculty Development Workshop @ The National Judicial College

Are your educational programs interesting, thought-provoking, fun, and enriching? The vast majority of people teaching in professional education are never exposed to adult education principles and practices. This workshop will help you to create educational programs that will keep your students’ attention.

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Why should I take this course?

Designed for judicial educators who want to improve their teaching skills, this workshop emphasizes a “learning by doing” model. Using Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory, you will identify your own learning style while recognizing the need to teach to your participants’ varied learning styles. The faculty will empower you to write effective learning objectives, which are the foundation of your teaching. Learning objectives help you to avoid the classic error of providing too much information. You will facilitate learning activities to improve comprehension and retention, avoiding the over-long, dry lecture. Structuring a presentation is an art. This workshop gives you the tools to create dynamic and interactive courses. To avoid death by PowerPoint, you will learn best practices in slide design. You will also learn the difference between teaching and reference materials.

The NJC’s faculty actively engages you throughout the workshop giving you the opportunity to present on at least two occasions, once in a team and once alone. With that understanding, you can improve upon your teaching effectiveness and ultimately ensure that your future learners achieve greater results.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Incorporate adult learning styles into presentations.
  • Draft appropriate learning objectives.
  • Design learning activities that will help your participants achieve the objectives.
  • Prepare an effective opening and closing for a session.
  • Create effective visual aids for your teaching.
  • Draft or locate materials to support and complement a session.
  • Apply effective delivery techniques.
  • Take reasonable risks when teaching because of increased confidence.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone who teaches in continuing judicial education courses.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty includes Joseph Sawyer, director of the NJC’s faculty development courses; William Brunson, the NJC’s director of special projects; Kelly Tait, University of Nevada, Reno instructor and communications expert; and Gerald Hess, law professor at Gonzaga University School of Law.

How is this course taught?

This course is highly interactive and includes hands-on practice with PowerPoint, and provides opportunities for the participants to: take the Learning Style Inventory; draft learning objectives; create a group and solo presentation; write a presentation plan; and provide constructive feedback to their colleagues on effective teaching strategies.

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

If you are a leader, educator, or trainer in your court or agency, this class is essential. The skills you will learn will help you educate others about any judicial education topics that interest you. After this course, you should be able to communicate more effectively with greater confidence.

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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Logic & Opinion Writing (JS 621) @ Santa Fe, NM
Nov 5 – Nov 8 all-day

This course will assist anyone who writes judicial opinions become a more skillful and effective opinion writer. The first half of the course invites you to examine the underlying principles of syllogistic reasoning and how these principles may apply. The second half of the course addresses writing judicial opinions as a reasoned statement that justifies the outcome that the decision maker reaches. Anyone who writes judicial opinions — judges and others — will benefit from this unique class.

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Why should I take this course?

This course invites judges to more carefully and thoroughly examine the underlying principles of logical reasoning as applied to their decision-making and opinion-writing. Judicial writing is often as important as the determinations. Opinions should serve as a reasoned statement that justifies the outcome judges have reached.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define basic terms and concepts in the formal study of logic.
  • Describe the premises of inductive and deductive reasoning, especially categorical syllogisms.
  • Explain your conclusions and decision more cogently and precisely.
  • Explain the anatomy of an opinion with the use of orientation paragraphs, issue statements, findings of fact and conclusions of law or disposition.
  • Describe what is involved in the writing process.
  • State the emphasis to be given to style such as sentence structure, wordiness, and revision.
  • Use writing practices that improve written opinions.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any judge, judicial officer, law clerk, or court-affiliated staffperson who must appraise the soundness of arguments presented to them and want to improve their legal writing skills.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty consists of a philosophy professor who is also an attorney and a nationally recognized judicial writing instructor with experience in crafting judicial opinions.

How is this course taught?

The class is conducted through presentations, extensive class discussion and writing exercises. You will be asked to submit an opinion for review and analysis. Pre-course materials will be available via email for you to complete approximately six weeks prior to the course start date. Please plan to set aside approximately two to four hours of time to review and complete materials prior to the course.

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

A judge must evaluate legal argumentation in its many forms because it lies at the heart of the judging craft. The validity of arguments in briefs, memoranda, and oral presentations often depend upon the logical components. Even a rudimentary understanding of logic will enable a judge to perform more effectively and save time in legal analysis. Further, judges must frequently write opinions. This course will assist judges in analyzing and solving troublesome difficulties that they may encounter in preparing and writing an opinion.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Drury Plaza Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the Drury Plaza Hotel. Experience the vibrant culture of New Mexico at this artful resort near the Historic Plaza, offering easy access to legendary activities and attractions. The Historic Plaza is a designated National Historic Landmark in Downtown Santa Fe that is home to various shops, live music venues, art galleries and restaurants. Explore Canyon Road. What began as a residential neighborhood has become a prominent Santa Fe arts district, with over a hundred art galleries and studios exhibiting Native American art and antiquities, traditional and modern Hispanic art, regional contemporary art, international folk art and international contemporary art.

The group room rate is $100 (prevailing government per diem) per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.313%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until October 15, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (505) 424-2175 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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