Faculty

The National Judicial College would not be able to provide The NJC Experience without the outstanding judges and industry professionals who share their passion and ideas with participants while building a community of lasting friendships and camaraderie. Approximately 90 percent of the faculty comprises judges who volunteer their time to teach. The NJC supplements the judicial faculty with other professionals such as accountants, lawyers, law professors, physicians, psychologists, and other experts.
“Just as no business can afford to ignore the global marketplace and remain viable, no state judge can ignore the climate, the innovation and the activity taking place at the national level and still be an effective jurist. The NJC is the only judicial education program in the country where that perspective is built into its curriculum, its faculty, its very being.”
Hon. Karen Hunt (Ret.), NJC faculty member

To ensure that the NJC’s participants receive a world-class education, the NJC educates faculty members about adult education principles and practices. After participating in the faculty development workshops, the NJC’s faculty is then able to create interactive courses that often feature a “learn by doing” model. Faculty learn to use role playing, tests and quizzes, case studies, and learning games in addition to mini-lectures to improve participant retention.

“The faculty members are very loyal here,” said Gordon Zimmerman, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno and faculty member since 1972. “They mostly volunteer their time here out of love for the institution.”

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative to educate the judiciary, which is so fragile,” said Judge Janet Berry of Nevada, who has been a part of the NJC for 20 years.

“I love teaching and sharing my knowledge and insights with my colleagues.  And, of course, the old adage is true: You learn more by teaching than being a student,” said Judge Peggy Hora (ret.) who has been teaching at the NJC for over 20 years.