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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Fundamentals of Evidence: Web-Based
Mar 12 – Apr 27 all-day
Fundamentals of Evidence: Web-Based

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

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

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

Who should attend?

Justices of the peace, non-law trained judges, limited jurisdiction judges, general jurisdiction judges, administrative law judges, military judges and tribal court judges are all welcome in this course. Limited jurisdiction judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Special Court Jurisdiction and administrative law judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Administrative Law: Fair Hearing prior to taking Fundamentals of Evidence.

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Mar
19
Mon
2018
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Leadership for Judges @ The National Judicial College

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

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This workshop will answer the following questions:

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

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

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

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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

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

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

How is this course taught?

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Jun
4
Mon
2018
Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know @ Las Vegas, Nevada
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know @ Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

Hon. Peggy D. Davis
Carl M. Dawson

How is this course taught?

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Jun
11
Mon
2018
Evidence in a Courtroom Setting (JS 633) @ Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Spring Creek Ranch

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

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

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

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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.

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This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. 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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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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Aug
20
Mon
2018
Scientific Evidence & Expert Testimony (JS 622) @ The National Judicial College
Aug 20 – Aug 23 all-day
Scientific Evidence & Expert Testimony (JS 622) @ The National Judicial College

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

The course is presented as an engaging mix of classroom lecture, interactive dialogue, and small-group discussions. You are encouraged to bring examples of particular trial problems for discussion with the faculty and with colleagues from other states.

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Sep
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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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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Managing Challenging Family Law Courses (JS 634) @ The National Judicial College
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day
Managing Challenging Family Law Courses (JS 634) @ The National Judicial College

This course is for any judge who hears family law cases involving the dissolution of marriages, child custody and visitation, and child support. The faculty provides practice-based tools to assist judges in the management of the most complex issues in domestic relations.

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Why should I take this course?

If you hear family law cases, you are called upon daily to make decisions that will impact families for the rest of their lives. This program provides strategies for handling cases that bear some of the most challenging issues that judges hear.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Design appropriate parenting plans after receiving information on the latest child development studies.
  • Interview children and communicate with parents who have varying levels of conflict.
  • Handle self-represented litigants efficiently.
  • Evaluate evidence pertaining to business records and make reasoned decisions regarding business valuations, taxation, and bankruptcy.
  • Articulate the impact of immigration status on family law cases.
  • Describe bias and fairness as concepts within a judicial ethics framework.
  • Rule on the types of evidence most often offered in family law cases.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for any judge, commissioner, judge pro tempore, family master, or family referee who hears family law cases.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The majority of the faculty members are experienced judges who are proactive and teach extensively in their particular area of family law, including Judge Dan Ryan (MI), Judge T.J. Cole (CO), and Judge John Lenderman (FL). The research on child development and the effects of divorced and parenting time is delivered by forensic psychologist and custody evaluator Phil Stahl, Ph.D., and law professor Veronica Thronson explores matters relating to immigration.

How is this course taught?

This course is a mix of classroom dialogue and small-group discussions.

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

This course provides you with the tools you need to preside over today’s family law cases, whether litigated matters are related to custody and children or businesses and property. It also provides case management techniques that will enable you to manage your cases and communicate with all litigants, both represented and self-represented, more efficiently.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Traffic Issues in the 21st Century @ The National Judicial College
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day

Judges are facing more complex traffic issues as the law and technology progress. This course is designed to provide an overview of current traffic laws and technological trends and their applications to the judiciary. After this course, participants will be able to: improve public perception of the courts; manage and adjudicate fairly and efficiently; identify the behaviors that impair safe driving; explain the basic provisions relating to commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations; identify key issues associated with special driving populations, including younger and older drivers; summarize new technology and practices used in traffic law enforcement, adjudication and sentencing; and fully understand cultural diversity issues, including racial profiling.

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Why should I take this course?

Judges are facing more and more complex traffic issues as the law and technology progress. This course is designed to provide an overview of current traffic laws and technological trends and their application to the judiciary.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Improve public perception of the courts by using various tools.
  • Manage and adjudicate fairly and efficiently.
  • Understand the behaviors that impair safe driving.
  • Understand the basic provisions relating to commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations.
  • Identify key issues associated with special driving populations, including younger and older drivers.
  • Understand new technology and practices used in traffic-law enforcement, adjudication and sentencing.
  • Discuss cultural diversity issues, including racial profiling.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed for traffic court judges, magistrates and hearing officers who handle motor-vehicle-related cases.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judges and others who are recognized as experts in the field of traffic-related issues.

How is this course taught?

Through a number of adult education techniques including lecture, question and answer, and class problems.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Does this course qualify for credits in the judicial studies degree program?

No. However, it does qualify for the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.

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

Judges must have a good understanding of current traffic laws and technological trends and their application to the judiciary to stay abreast of a rapidly changing field of law. Such issues will increase the effectiveness of judges’ rulings in this area and result in increased efficiency.

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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
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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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