2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Mar
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Mon
2018
Advanced Evidence (JS 617) @ Monterey Bay, California
Mar 12 – Mar 15 all-day

This course is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. The expert faculty will review recent cases that impact evidentiary rulings, address problematic areas under the Federal Rules of Evidence, and explore the impact of these on evidentiary issues in state courts. After attending this course, you will be able to rule on evidentiary issues with greater accuracy and confidence.

PREREQUISITE: A law degree or completion of one of the following courses is required to attend: Fundamentals of Evidence (or its equivalent), Special Court Jurisdiction, or Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced.
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Terrific course. Faculty outstanding. Materials and charts signifying complex topics can be used immediately upon return to the bench. Very valuable.
Hon. John A. Schaefer, Clearwater, FL
The NJC promotes a very professional environment for learning. The instructors have never disappointed me.
Hon. Rick Varner, Sidman, PA

Why should I take this course?

Consistently rated as one of the top courses at NJC, Advanced Evidence is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. This course gives you the opportunity to analyze rules of criminal and civil evidence in a setting where you can debate the rules with other judges from around the country. The expert faculty will not only lead you through the quagmire of the Federal Rules of Evidence, but will also compare and contrast the common law rules of evidence. The course is “advanced” in the sense that you have the opportunity to examine the various rules of evidence in depth. It is helpful if you can bring your state’s evidence rules with you, so you can compare and contrast those rules with the federal rules.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Rule on evidentiary issues with greater accuracy and confidence.
  • Ensure that the baseline relevancy issues are met and their probative value outweighs unfair prejudice.
  • Re-evaluate pre-hearing and post-hearing procedures in your court.
  • Effectively examine your administrative hearings for implementation of ADR techniques.
  • Analyze quickly whether character evidence is admissible, particularly with regard to prior bad acts.
  • Describe when habit and custom evidence may be admitted.
  • Rule on impeachment objections after analyzing bias, capacity, and prior inconsistent statement rules.
  • Outline an analytical scheme for ruling on hearsay objections and the exceptions.
  • Recognize the judicial role of gatekeeper.
  • Confidently rule on issues relating to lay opinion and expert opinion testimony.

Who should attend?

This course has been specially developed for general jurisdiction judges or special court judges who hear criminal and/or civil cases. If you are a legally trained administrative law judge, you certainly are welcome; however, some of your practical concerns may not be specifically addressed. Appellate judges are encouraged to enroll not only for an update on evidence, but to hear the practicalities of applying evidentiary rules from a trial court judge’s perspective.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the field of evidence, as well as law professors who understand the real-life
concerns that judges face.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a number of adult education techniques including lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, debate, and class problems. Participants will also be directly involved in solving hypotheticals in your small group discussions.

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

Judges must have a good understanding of the rules of evidence to make appropriate decisions in their courtrooms. This course gives the participant judge the rare opportunity to contrast their state rules of evidence with those of their colleagues from around the country. Each participant will also be given in-class problems that they must present to their colleagues. Ultimately, the judge participant will come away with a greater grasp of the rules of evidence and the reasons underlying those rules.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

The hotel for this course will be the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. Monterey Bay offers an incredible array of activities and attractions, including the epic scenery of Big Sur, the unsurpassed Monterey Aquarium, the stunningly beautiful ride along 17-Mile Drive on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles, and the picturesque charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The group room rate is $199 per night for single or double occupancy (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 11.8% plus $10 nightly). This special rate will be available until February 19, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (831) 645-4013 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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

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Mar
19
Mon
2018
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638) @ The National Judicial College

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

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include persons who have a wide and diversified background in working with self-represented litigants.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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Mar
26
Mon
2018
Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626) @ Washington, D.C.
Mar 26 – Mar 29 all-day

Judges need to write in a clear, precise, and unambiguous manner that can be easily understood by those who read judicial documents. The goal of this course is to assist the writer to achieve such a style with sharp judicial writing skills. This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Analyze a wide range of argument patterns.
  • Identify multiple aims and audiences of judicial writing.
  • Deconstruct complex legal sentences.
  • Recognize and improve sentence patterns associated with issues, statements, findings of fact, and legal conclusions.
  • Apply principles of style.

Who should attend?

Any judge or court-affiliated staff person with extensive writing duties who has previously attended Judicial Writing or other one-week state or national judicial writing program approved by The National Judicial College. This course will extend skills developed in Judicial Writing.

Who are the members of the faculty?

This course is team-taught by Elizabeth A. Francis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno and Hon. Karen Hunt, Judge (Retired), Superior Court, Anchorage, Alaska.

How is this course taught?

This course consists of a blend of classroom teaching and private tutorials and offers intensive individual critique and opportunity to revise. You will bring at least two substantial writing projects with you to perfect during the week.

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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Apr
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
General Jurisdiction (JS 610) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – May 3 all-day
General Jurisdiction (JS 610) @ The National Judicial College

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

Also offered October 9 – 19, 2017 in Reno, NV

Jumpstart your judicial career! This course supplements state-sponsored judicial education by providing a solid foundation in the substance and theories that all new judges should have beginning their career on the bench. You are immersed in the core competencies of your profession. After attending this course, you will be able to manage your courtroom and individual cases, including cases involving self-represented litigants; conduct jury trials more effectively; summarize and apply developments in criminal law and procedure, judicial discretion, ethics, and sentencing; rule on evidence more confidently; make fair and unbiased decisions; and interact effectively with the media. The communication and listening skills learned in this course will enable you to communicate more effectively in your courtroom and with court staff.

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Extremely helpful to have presentations followed by opportunities to discuss. Enjoyed the practical down-to-earth tips. Learned from small group members and lunchroom discussions. Glad I was able to attend.
Hon. Sandra Donaghy, Cleveland, TN
The speakers were all highly informed on the subjects each presented. The topics were relevant to my needs as a new judge. The ability to hear different ways of handling issues from judges in other areas of the country exposed me to new ideas I may not have considered. Overall an excellent experience!
Hon. Philip T. Raymond, Macon, GA
I was truly engaged throughout the program and believe I learned a lot about how to be a judge. It opened my eyes on what I thought I already knew.
Hon. Michael P. Joyce, Olathe, KS

Why should I take this course?

Designed for the newer judge, the course introduces you to a variety of subjects and skills you will need and use in your judicial career. Both academic and experiential teaching techniques are used to provide you with the solid, basic understanding of various topics, from ruling on evidence to handling the self-represented litigant. In addition to the substantive law sessions, you will learn about courtroom control, ethical pitfalls and solutions, effective communication techniques, and decision making strategies. After your nine days at The National Judicial College, you will have the tools and resources to face most courtroom situations with confidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Manage your courtroom and individual cases, including cases involving self-represented litigants.
  • Handle juries and sentencing more effectively.
  • Make fair and unbiased decisions.
  • Communicate more effectively from the bench.
  • Summarize and apply developments in criminal law, civil case techniques, and domestic violence,.
  • Rule on evidence more confidently.
  • Create an appropriate case flow management system for your court.
  • Address electronically stored information discovery issues.
  • Develop tools to address media inquiry and social media use in your courtroom.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for the newer general jurisdiction judge. Most participants find their attendance is most meaningful if they can attend six to twenty-four months after taking the bench. Experienced judges with or without law degrees who have completed the basic two-week Special Court Jurisdiction course are eligible to attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a variety of adult education methods including lecture, question and answer, debate, hypotheticals, problem-solving, various media, and panel discussions. There is a great deal of sharing of experience and practice, which occurs particularly in the daily small-group discussions conducted by group facilitators who have previously attended the course. The atmosphere is intended to be relaxed with as much time as possible for completing exercises, but the lectures are deliberately provocative in comparing methods, ideas, and procedures.

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

Being an effective and efficient general jurisdiction judge requires a range of skills unique to the judicial position. This course will provide me with nine full days of intensive emersion in those basic, necessary skills. Participants learn best practices in a variety of topics. In addition, I will have the opportunity to utilize those techniques in various courtroom scenarios and practicums. Some of the topics covered include courtroom management, evidence rulings, defendant control, and judicial handling of staff and the media.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

This course qualifies for 4 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Judicial Writing (JS 615) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

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

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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May
7
Mon
2018
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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Jun
4
Mon
2018
Effective Caseflow Management (JS 627) @ The National Judicial College
Jun 4 – Jun 7 all-day
Effective Caseflow Management (JS 627) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

“Justice delayed is justice denied” (Gladstone). Effective, efficient caseflow promotes justice and upholds the very purpose of our courts. This class is designed to take judges, court administrators, or court teams through a rigorous examination of the components of effective caseflow management.

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Why should I take this course?

Under the guidance of nationally recognized faculty, you will identify the elements of caseflow management, develop strategies for handling resistance to change, form criteria and time standards, and explore methods for getting and keeping judicial compliance.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify the purposes of courts and their direct impact on caseflow management.
  • Integrate caseflow management into judiciary goals and local legal cultures.
  • Define caseflow management and its proven principles and practices.
  • Identify the characteristics of strong system-wide leadership and its impact on caseflow management.
  • Recognize and map caseflow from a systemic perspective.
  • Employ standardized case management performance measures.
  • Utilize case management data to analyze performance.
  • Apply the principles of case management to calendaring, hearings and trials.
  • Plan and create a case management system to effect change in your court.

Who should attend?

Judges and court administrators who have responsibility for implementing systems for case management should attend this course. This includes chief and presiding judges, trial judges on a master or independent calendar system, and judicial administrators. The concepts can apply to any docket.

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

Classroom time includes presentations, exercises and the development of a personalize action plan for immediate implementation in your jurisdiction. You are encouraged to interact with one another in workshops and small discussion groups to compare and analyze experiences with caseflow management procedures.

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

By learning about and implementing an effective caseflow management system, you will enhance your own productivity and efficiency, as well as that of your court. You will also be able to share many of the concepts and techniques with your colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. This course also qualifies for 2 “S/U” or graded credits in the Justice Management Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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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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Jun
18
Mon
2018
Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases (JS 642) @ New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

Join us as we trace the foundations of American jurisprudence and the development of American law from its revolutionary foundation to current times by analyzing select U.S. Supreme Court cases in their historic context. This course sets the stage for a thorough understanding of the historic basis for American law.  You will examine significant events in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that advanced or held in abeyance the tide of changing times.  The class includes a field trip to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Compare the characteristics of American jurisprudence as it developed under Marshall
  • Discuss how U.S. Civil War SCOTUS cases continue to impact American jurisprudence
  • Identify the cases that reflected major cultural shifts between WWI and WWII
  • List some social changes and related cases from the Warren Court years
  • Speculate on the lasting effect current (since 2001) SCOTUS cases will have on US history
You will examine significant historical points in American history by reviewing the major U.S. Supreme Court cases that both advanced, and held in abeyance, the tide of changing times.

Who should attend?

Judges interested in the foundational cases and historic turning points in the development of America’s judicial system should attend. Judges who must daily protect and preserve the basic and fundamental rights of our society will especially benefit from this program.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, legal historians, professors and experts who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in the history of today’s justice.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through informal lecture and class discussion. A field trip to an appropriate venue will enhance the learning environment.

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

NOPSI Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the NOPSI Hotel. The hotel sits adjacent to the historic French Quarter, only five blocks to the celebrated music clubs of Bourbon Street and the famous restaurants and antique shops of Royal Street.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.75%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until May 28, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (504) 518-6400 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies as in elective for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Appellate Judicial Skills discipline.

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Jul
9
Mon
2018
Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 610) @ Orlando, Florida
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day

Do you need a fresh look at your role on the bench? From civility to contempt, this course will help you develop the skills you need to oversee your courtroom effectively. After taking this course, you will be able to demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench, more effectively make and protect the record, deal with difficult people in the courtroom, apply contempt powers from the bench with confidence and restraint, and more.

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Why should I take this course?

A practical course for new judges and for judges who want a fresh look at their role on the bench, this course provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills that you need to oversee your courtroom more effectively.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench.
  • Create solutions for problems that commonly arise with self-represented litigants.
  • Encourage and promote civility in the courtroom.
  • Handle trial disruptions with confidence.
  • Learn and apply innovative jury management techniques.
  • Identify techniques to minimize the impact of implicit bias.
  • Recognize the judge’s role in making and protecting the record.
  • Describe the effect of stress on judicial performance.
  • Discuss viable court security options.

Who should attend?

General jurisdiction, special court, and tribal judges who hear criminal or civil cases will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course are highly experienced judges and experts in the fields of communication and decision-making.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a combination of lecture, question and answer, debates and class problems. You will be expected to participate in active discussions of current issues and to offer insights and experiences in dealing with such matters. Time is also set aside for small group discussions.

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

All judges can benefit from learning to be more efficient and by thinking “outside of the box.” They will have the opportunity to learn not only from the expert faculty but also from colleagues from around the country. Judges often rely on local legal culture to define how they conduct their courtrooms and trials. Examining the culture is important for ensuring growth and progress.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

The Grove Resort & Spa

The hotel for this course will be The Grove Resort & Spa. The Grove features fun activities for families and also features private pools and amenities for adults seeking a peaceful retreat. Those seeking a more natural experience can venture to the shores of Lake Austin for a variety of watersports, or simply to take in the charm of Central Florida’s unique and diverse landscape.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes and fees, currently 12.5% + $10 per night) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until June 17, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by clicking here or calling (407) 545-7500 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

 

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

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Aug
6
Mon
2018
Decision Making (JS 618) @ San Diego, California
Aug 6 – Aug 9 all-day

This course familiarizes you with the factors that affect the judicial decision-making process and assists you in the analysis of your own thinking and style. Faculty address the psychology of decision making, how personality type may influence decision making, ethical considerations that may impact decision making, how appellate courts review decisions, and practical suggestions to aid in making decisions from the bench.

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Why should I take this course?

Each and every day, judges are called upon to make decisions that affect the lives of the persons coming before them. This course familiarizes you with many of the factors that affect the judicial decision making process and assists you in analyzing your own thinking and style. During the course, the faculty will cover the psychology of decision making, explore how personality type may influence decision making, review ethical considerations that may impact decision making, discuss how appellate courts review decisions, and provide practical suggestions to aid in making decisions from the bench.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify your own decision making style.
  • Explore issues of fairness and equity.
  • Examine the use of judicial discretion.
  • Analyze conflicts of interest and ethical dilemmas.
  • Recognize the factors that can cause an appellate court to overturn a decision.
  • Write and communicate decisions more clearly.

Who should attend?

All types of adjudicators will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members include judges and experts in the psychology of decision making and how personality type may impact decision making.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through interactive lecture, hypothetical case study, and class discussion facilitated by a diverse faculty.

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

Improved decision making skills can enhance my efficiency and efficacy in court and improve my productivity and proficiency. Many of the concepts and techniques learned can be shared with colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Andaz San Diego

The hotel for this course will be the Andaz San Diego, located in the heart of downtown San Diego and just minutes from the San Diego International Airport. This Hyatt-family property is close to Seaport Village and the beautiful San Diego Bay and just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The group room rate is $229 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 13%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until July 16, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (619_849-2052 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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Aug
13
Mon
2018
Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612) @ The National Judicial College
Aug 13 – Aug 23 all-day
Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612) @ The National Judicial College | Reno | Nevada | United States

This intensive two-week course provides newer state and federal administrative law adjudicators with a solid foundation in the tools and techniques to create and maintain a “fair hearing,” complete the record, and provide a clear order. Separate tracks are offered which recognize the differences between the conduct of low-volume and high-volume proceedings.

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

Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

This course qualifies for 4 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills and
Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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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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Oct
8
Mon
2018
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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Oct
15
Mon
2018
Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced (JS 611) @ The National Judicial College
Oct 15 – Oct 25 all-day

This course is designed for judges recently appointed or elected to specialized courts. The course is filled with valuable information and practice opportunities in the areas of law that new judges encounter in the courtroom, such as criminal law and procedure; evidence issues; judicial writing; sentencing issues; ethical issues; caseflow management, and more.  Rich discussion with the course faculty, as well as with fellow students, will afford participants a unique opportunity to finely tune their basic bench skills.

PREREQUISITE: A law degree or completion of Special Court Jurisdiction.
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Why should I take this course?

“Special courts” are those courts with a limited jurisdiction – such as traffic court, misdemeanor courts, domestic violence court, or small claims court, to name a few. Special courts are also courts serving a particular population, such as tribal courts. During this course, judges will receive a solid foundation in caseflow management, judicial writing, communications skills, evidence, legal reasoning, and more. The course will help judges gain confidence in knowing that they are properly following legal and procedural requirements in their role as judge.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a judge.
  • Recognize the evolving role of the judge as a change agent in the community.
  • Apply a practical approach to Fourth Amendment issues and use approved guidelines for issuing search warrants.
  • Conduct criminal hearings and trials in compliance with constitutional and statutory standards.
  • Make better decisions regarding the admissibility of evidence.
  • Work effectively with court interpreters.
  • Create an environment of fairness and impartiality in the courtroom.
  • Communicate effectively in the courtroom and with the media.
  • Determine appropriate sentencing alternatives for specific offenses and offenders.
  • Recognize and utilize the psychological profiles of criminal personalities in sentencing.
  • Manage the courtroom and individual cases efficiently and comfortably, including cases involving self-represented litigants.
  • Mitigate potential trial disruptions and utilize effective courtroom control measures.
  • Increase litigant, attorney and public confidence in the courts by using proper case, calendar and trial management techniques.
  • Improve writing skills.
  • Identify and practice numerous stress reduction techniques.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for special court judges who have graduated from law school, or more experienced judges without law degrees who have already completed the introductory two-week Special Court Jurisdiction course. In addition, any judge of limited jurisdiction from urban or rural areas, who serves full-time or part-time, and has been recently elected or appointed to the bench should attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, and consultants who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a special court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding limited jurisdiction adjudication.

How is this course taught?

The course is an introduction to every substantive and skill area a new judge will encounter on the bench, with an emphasis on practical application. The faculty encourages you to interact, and are available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems. The class also meets in small discussion groups daily. Trained group facilitators will assist each group in working through problem solving exercises, while examining new ideas and complex issues. These facilitators are experienced judges who are graduates of the course and are willing to guide discussion and mentor members of their group. Friendships and networking among these groups often extends years after the course. Some segments of this course are held in conjunction with the Special Court Jurisdiction course.

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

Increasing caseloads, public criticism, community demands and legal complexities make the judge’s job more difficult than ever before. This investment in judicial education will be returned to the court and community through the judge’s increased efficiency, better decision-making skills, better understanding of the law, and more confidence on the bench.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

This course qualifies for 4 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

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

Who are the members of the faculty?

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

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Drury Plaza Hotel

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

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

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

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

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