2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

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


What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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


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

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

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

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

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

This four-day program, held in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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.


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.”