2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses 2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Jun
18
Mon
2018
Advanced Skills for Appellate Judges @ New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 18 – Jun 21 all-day

This course is designed to provide appellate judges with advanced topics in opinion writing, small group dynamics and collaborative decision-making, law clerk/staff management, how to get the most during oral argument, ethics as they pertain to appellate judges, and other topics of interest to the experienced appellate judge. In addition to structured, interactive presentations from faculty, participants will have several opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

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Why should I take this course?

As an experienced appellate judge, you may want to build your skills around reaching consensus with your colleagues, managing your staff, improving your writing skills by tailoring your opinions to your audience with brevity and clarity, and exploring the intersection where technology and ethics meet.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate how the structure of the appellate court and their personal activities might affect public trust and confidence in the justice system.
  • Practice techniques that improve leadership in developing positive, collaborative relationships with their colleagues on the appellate bench.
  • Analyze appellate issues in a logical and well-thought-out manner.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for appellate judges who have been working in an appellate court for at least three years.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are experienced appellate judges and experts in communication, small-group dynamics, and staff management.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught with a mix of interactive large group discussion, small group discussion, and lecture.

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

This course, developed with the extensive input of experienced appellate judges, provides advanced studies in opinion writing, small group dynamics and collaborative decision-making, law clerk/staff management, how the get the most during oral argument, ethics as they pertain to appellate judges, and other topics of interest. In addition to the structured, interactive presentations by faculty, participants will have several opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

NOPSI Hotel

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

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

Make your reservation by calling (844) 439-1463 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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

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

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

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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 (844) 439-1463 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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Jun
25
Mon
2018
Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626) @ Washington, D.C.
Jun 25 – Jun 28 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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This course will be held at The Army and Navy Club, easily accessible by Metro red, orange, blue, and silver lines. There is no designated hotel for this program; participants are welcome to stay at any property in the greater Washington, D.C. area. For a list of area hotels offering a government rate, try fedtravel.com. NJC has secured a special rate of $269/night (plus tax) at the Washington Plaza Hotel. To access this special rate, please click here.

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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Jul
9
Mon
2018
Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624) @ 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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Sep
12
Wed
2018
Advanced Bench Skills: Procedural Fairness @ Anchorage, Alaska
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

Every day, when you take the bench, you have the opportunity to ensure that litigants leave your courtroom with greater respect for the justice system — whether they have won or lost their case. As a judge, you have the responsibility to ensure that the four key principles of procedural fairness (voice, respect, neutrality, and trust) are exhibited in your courtroom. With busy dockets and an increase in self-represented litigants, how can you be both efficient and effective in demonstrating these tenets?

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The research shows that some very small things can make a big difference to the perception of litigants, witnesses, victims and jurors. Don’t miss this advanced, interactive, two-day course taught by a communications expert and judges who will engage you in the practical application of new techniques to enhance your judicial bench skills.

Procedural fairness (also called procedural justice) — where the focus is on how decisions are made and the quality of interpersonal treatment — has profound implications for judicial officers as well as for the justice system overall. Judges as the ultimate authority figures in court have a particularly strong influence on court users’ perceptions of fairness. Improved procedural fairness has a ripple effect throughout the justice system, from increasing litigants’ voluntary compliance with court orders, to reducing recidivism, to increasing overall trust and confidence in the system.

Building on the extensive research that supports procedural fairness principles and practices, we’ll go into the nuts and bolts of ensuring that people in the court system feel they’ve been treated respectfully, understood what was happening enough to participate meaningfully, and had an opportunity to be heard by a trustworthy decision-maker who carefully considered what they said and made decisions impartially.

In this engaging, interactive course, the emphasis is on practical application. It will be beneficial for judicial officers of all levels of experience. Topics include:

  • A review of the fundamentals and the latest research on procedural fairness
  • How specific judicial communication behaviors align with the four major components of procedural fairness: understanding, respect, voice, and neutrality
  • Perceptions of fairness from various perspectives including litigants, attorneys, victims, jurors, friends and family of court participants, witnesses, the press, and the public
  • Issues specific to criminal, civil, and family and juvenile dockets in relation to the application of procedural fairness principles
  • Cultural issues in perceptions of fairness of the courts, including current events that have intensified the spotlight on the topic
  • Plea hearings through a procedural fairness lens – an alternate approach
  • The role of all court staff in improving procedural fairness
  • Analysis of two successful court programs that were developed based on principles of procedural fairness
  • How to make positive change, even with very limited resources
The faculty members bring a depth of knowledge and experience, a variety of perspectives, dynamic presentation styles, and an application orientation.

Hilton Anchorage

The hotel for this course will be the Hilton Anchorage. The Hilton Anchorage hotel is in the heart of downtown Anchorage, an ideal location near the city’s most popular attractions. Popular attractions, downtown dining and shopping are all within walking distance of our hotel. Check out the Anchorage Museum, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, or the Bear & Raven Adventure Theater, not to mention the spectacular natural beauty of Alaska.

The group room rate is $189 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 12%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until August 11, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

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

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Sep
16
Sun
2018
Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach (JS 619) @ Ashland, Oregon
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day

This course engages the participant in in-depth discussions and analyses of ethical behavior and justice at the point which law, literature, and life experience intersect. The curriculum involves a two-text approach: the literary text and the life text (the life experience of the judge who participates in the discussions). Participants attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and discuss the ethical dilemmas posed within the plays as the dilemmas relate to the judiciary. Plays this year will be determined at a later date.

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Why should I take this course?

This course is designed to spark in-depth discussion and analysis of ethical behavior and justice at the point which law, literature, and life experience intersect. Participants will immerse themselves in literary works that serve as the focal point of discussion. The curriculum involves a two-text approach: the literary text (a play, short story, novel, poem or essay) and the life text (the life experience of the judge who participates in the discussions). Participants attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and discuss the ethical dilemmas posed within the plays as the dilemmas relate to the judiciary. Participants must read the assigned literary texts prior to attending this course.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the ways in which literature exemplifies ethical issues facing the judiciary.
  • Identify an author’s views of justice and the judge’s responsibilities to administer justice in poetry, short stories, and the selected works of William Shakespeare.
  • Explain and apply judicial ethics in a manner that enhances public confidence in the judiciary.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for any type of judge, but especially judges with at least ten years on the bench. Judges who are willing to look at the foundations from which they make decisions should attend to explore the ethical and professional dilemmas they face.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are members of the judiciary with an interest in literature and the humanities, who are versed in the model code of judicial conduct and facilitating discussions that dovetail ethics and literature.

How is this course taught?

In advance of the course, participants will be given access to the required readings. The course is taught as a facilitated discussion group with faculty providing background information and facilitating dialog about the plays seen during the week and the literature read in advance.

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

This course uses literature as a vehicle to explore questions of ethics and justice, and the role and function of the judge in these contexts. The texts provide a common basis for discussion and sharing ideas about ethical behavior on and off the bench. The judge’s own experiences provide the “subtext” for the course.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Ashland Springs Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the historic Ashland Springs Hotel. The hotel is ideally located just steps from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lithia Park, and the heart of downtown Ashland. Other nearby Southern Oregon attractions include the world-famous Rogue River, and Crater Lake National Park.

The group room rate is $199 per night queen/$229 per night king (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 11%) for single or double occupancy and includes breakfast, hotel parking, and WiFi. This special rate will be available until August 17, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (888) 795-4545 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

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

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Sep
24
Mon
2018
Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure (JS 645) @ The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

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

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Why should I take this course?

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

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

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

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

Who should attend?

The course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course include a law professor who has authored two editions of Fourth Amendment treatises and judges who have educated hundreds of their colleagues on the topic of search and seizure.

How is this course taught?

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

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

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

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drury Plaza Hotel

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

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

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

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Nov
5
Mon
2018
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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