Courses for Administrative Law Judges

The National Judicial College is committed to providing the administrative law judge with meaningful educational and professional development opportunities. Administrative law judges can enhance professional skills, gain knowledge of substantive law, and improve management and technical skills through courses designed specifically for ALJs. The NJC offers programs and courses where questions are answered with practical, cutting-edge solutions, and where participants learn from experienced faculty and each other.

Administrative Law: Advanced (JS 649)

June 1-4, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

This course for experienced administrative law judges, adjudicators and hearing officers gives an in-depth look at federal and state administrative law including evidentiary trends in administrative proceedings, due process, and the implications inherent in conducting telephone hearings. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of recent decisions.

Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612)

August 17-27, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,595 | Conference Fee $495 What’s this?

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

Advanced Evidence (JS 617)

May 18-21, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Also offered August 10-13, 2015 in Big Sky, MT

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.

Behind the Wheel: Today’s Traffic Offender

March 23-26, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Judges who preside over traffic cases need the latest information on drug and alcohol impairment, how to handle cases with mostly testimonial evidence as compared to physical evidence, and evidence-based sentencing, among other topics. This course addresses these topics and more and offers insight into case issues and strategies from the perspectives of the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the law enforcement officer, and the treatment provider.

Best Practices in Handling Cases with Self-Represented Litigants

July 13-16, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

The myriad case types involving self-represented litigants (SRLs) can be challenging. After attending this course, you will be able to move a self-represented party civil docket expeditiously, use settlement techniques in cases involving SRLs, summarize the limits on assisting self-represented parties, apply innovative methods and strategies to ensure that SRLs have proper access to the justice system, identify when an indigent SRL may be entitled to court-appointed counsel, and describe best practices for managing these sometimes difficult cases, including cases requiring an interpreter.

Civil Mediation

June 1-5, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,195 | Conference Fee $285 What’s this?

Also offered November 2-6, 2015

Judges with mediation skills can have greater opportunities both on and off the bench. This five day, 40-hour course is hands-on, interactive, fast-paced and practical. When completed, you will receive a certificate honored by most states with mediator credential requirements.

Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

July 20-23, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Individuals with alcohol or other drug addictions frequently also suffer from major mental health disorders. Because these individuals often come into contact with the criminal justice system, judges who handle such cases should have a thorough understanding of substance abuse and mental health as co-occurring disorders and treatment issues as they affect the justice system. In addition, the course will expand the understanding of this difficult issue for judges handling civil or family court matters.

Current Issues in the Law

May 18-21, 2015 | Location Seattle, WA | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

This course strives to present timely, judicially relevant topics that not only affect the courts but American society as a whole. With nationally recognized instructors, participants are exposed to topics that engage the mind while addressing how those subjects may be reflected in the judge’s court. In 2015, some of the topics will be human trafficking, the effects of the legalization of marijuana, and gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues as they may arise in your courtroom. The course ends with a review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Decision Making (JS 618)

June 15-18, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

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 styles.

Designing & Presenting Programs Effectively: A Faculty Development Workshop

October 12-15 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

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.

Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)

July 20-23, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

The course explores dispute resolution methods and the ways in which they may be used by judges to reframe, determine approaches for case resolution, and move beyond impasse. You will apply new techniques in class through facilitated discussions, role plays, and other hands-on exercises designed to improve dispute resolution skills. You will also learn about court-annexed programs, settlement techniques, and the real-life ethical issues that can accompany mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and other forms of dispute resolution.

Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know

August 25-27, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $745 | Conference Fee $195 What’s this?

Recent changes in marijuana laws have perplexed many judges and practitioners. A resurgence in heroin, this time in rural areas, changes the complexity of cases. Alcohol, still the number one drug of choice for Americans, continues to impact civil and criminal cases. This course provides a comprehensive review of intoxicating substances and the short- and long-term effects on litigants in and out of the courtroom, recent developments in the law, and options for sentencing and intervention.

Effective Caseflow Management (JS 627)

July 13-16, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

“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 or court administrators through a rigorous examination of the components of effective caseflow management.

Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624)

September 28-October 1, 2015 | Location Santa Fe, NM | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

This is a practical course for new judges who want to develop the skills they need to oversee their courtroom effectively, and for judges who want to take a fresh look at the judge’s role on the bench, from civility to contempt.

Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground

May 18-July 3, 2015 | Web | Tuition $595

As a judge, you have the responsibility of upholding the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Are you? During this course, you will explore the foundation of ethics, review and apply the Code to behavior both on and off the bench, and develop a framework to improve cultural competence.

Ethics, Fairness, and Security in Your Court and Community

October 19-22, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

As a judge, you have the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the court process. Are you? This course will help participants reduce bias and prejudice in their court, as well as apply security measures when engaging with the public.

Ethics for the Administrative Law Judge

September 28-November 13, 2015 | Web | Tuition $595

Rule with confidence, knowing your decisions are ethically appropriate. This Web-based course uses hypothetical scenarios, interactive learning activities and online discussion to explore the ethical issues that face the administrative law judge. You’ll be able to apply the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for federal administrative law judges and explain the differences between their individual state codes and the Model Code.

Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges

March 9-April 24, 2015 | Web | Tuition $595

Also offered October 5-November 20, 2015

Are you making evidentiary rulings with confidence? This Web-based course will develop the skills needed to rule accurately on issues of hearsay, foundation, privileges and burden of proof, and make correct determinations concerning both expert witness and lay witness observation through real-world examples and interactive tasks.

Evidence in a Courtroom Setting (JS 633)

April 20-23, 2015 | Location Napa, CA | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

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. Ethical issues, relevancy, lay and expert witnesses, impeachment, privileges, best evidence and demonstrative evidence, authentication, hearsay and its exceptions, electronic evidence and judicial notice are among the topics presented and discussed.

Impaired Driving Case Essentials

October 26-29, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

This course provides you with an overview of sentencing practices and evidence-based options for impaired driving traffic offenses including those committed by younger drivers, older drivers, and hardcore DUI defendants. After this course, you will be able to analyze circumstances providing a legal basis for stops, searches, seizures, arrests, and the admissibility of testimonial or physical evidence.

Judicial Writing (JS 615)

May 4-7, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Also offered July 13-16, 2015

Are your judicial documents clear, precise, and unambiguous? This course offers a concentrated study of the basic rules of English composition as they apply to legal writing. The goal is to achieve a style that is simple and understandable to those who read judicial documents.

Leadership for Judges

August 31-September 3, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Judges are often asked to lead projects that will improve the justice system. Do you have a quality formal education covering project management, leadership, human resources, and other business- or organization-based principles that will help you succeed in these projects? This workshop provides you a setting to practice techniques with beneficial feedback from your judicial colleagues and the experienced faculty.

Logic and Opinion Writing (JS 621)

March 9-12, 2015 | Location San Diego, CA | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

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.

Management Skills for Presiding Judges

October 19-23, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,195 | Conference Fee $285 What’s this?

Your court needs a strong leader. Learn how to tackle human resources issues, budget complications, and other management challenges while you hone your management, leadership and communication skills.

When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary (JS 644)

July 27-30, 2015 | Location Washington, DC | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

How does an independent judiciary contribute to a just society? What is necessary for the judiciary to be truly independent? This course examines these questions as we scrutinize historical and current events to see where judges have struggled with powerful personal, ethical, and political pressures. The faculty and participants will examine atrocities such as the Holocaust to more modern examples of failures of judicial independence.