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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 13-16, 2016 | Location Wilmington, DE | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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 15-25, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,645 | Conference Fee $515 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 Bench Skills: Procedural Fairness

February 2–4, 2016 | Location San Diego, CA | Tuition $625 | Conference Fee $195 What’s this?

Designed for the judge already familiar with the basic concepts of procedural fairness, this advanced two-day course takes you beyond the basics into the world of concepts and practices. After this course, you will be able to address the myriad instances where your justice and procedural fairness changes the participant’s response ensuring greater compliance and respect for the court.

Advanced Civil Mediation

August 15–16, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $615 | Conference Fee $110 What’s this?

Designed for mediators who have successfully completed a 40-hour mediation training program, this highly interactive, fast-paced, skills-oriented course will provide experienced professionals with new tools to further enhance their mediator skills. Using practical exercises, demonstrations, simulations and lecture, faculty will share strategies to overcome resistance to the mediation process, deal with difficult personalities, utilize advanced negotiation tactics and communication techniques, prevent and break impasse, and recognize ethical challenges regarding the unauthorized practice of law and dual-representation issues.

Advanced Evidence (JS 617)

March 14-17, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

Also offered November 14-17, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ

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.

Advanced Issues in Cases Involving Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders

August 22–25, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

Dockets are full of cases with defendants who have substance addictions and suffer from mental health disorders. These defendants show up in family court, traffic court, veterans and drug courts, and on your civil and criminal dockets. The judge who adjudicates these cases needs to have a thorough understanding of the complex and intertwined issues of addiction and mental illness. The NJC offers this intense, advanced course on co-occurring disorders to address the need for in-depth education on this topic.

Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626)

October 31–November 3, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

Judges and ALJs 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.

Best Practices in Handling Cases with Self-Represented Litigants

March 7–10, 2016 | Location San Diego, CA | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

Also offered October 31-November 3, 2016 in Reno, NV

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

May 16–20, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,235 | Conference Fee $295 What’s this?

Also offered November 2-6, 2015 and September 26-30, 2016

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.
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Current Issues in the Law

October 31–November 3, 2016 | Location Washington, DC | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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 covered were human trafficking, the effects of the legalization of marijuana, and gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues as they may arise in your courtroom.

Decision Making (JS 618)

April 4-7, 2016 | Location Nashville, TN | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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

April 4-7, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 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)

June 6-9, 2016 | Location Savannah, GA | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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.

Drugged Driving Essentials

September 27–29, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $765 | Conference Fee $205 What’s this?

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

Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624)

May 23-26, 2016 | Location Bar Harbor, ME | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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.

Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach (JS 619)

September 11–15, 2016 | Location Ashland, OR | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

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.

Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground

May 16-July 1, 2016 | Web | Tuition $615

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 24–27, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

Also offered October 19-22, 2015

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 26–November 11, 2016 | Web | Tuition $615

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 7-April 22, 2016 | Web | Tuition $615

Also offered October 5-November 20, 2015 and October 3-November 18, 2016

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)

January 25-28, 2016 | Location Honolulu, HI | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 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.

Judicial Writing (JS 615)

April 11-14, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

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 22-25, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 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 for ALJs (JS 621)

July 11–14, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,025 | Conference Fee $255 What’s this?

This course is specially tailored to meet the unique writing needs of administrative adjudicators. 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 opinions — administrative law judges, hearing officers, and others — will benefit from this unique class.

Management Skills for Presiding Judges

May 16-20, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,235 | Conference Fee $295 What’s this?

Also offered October 19-23, 2015

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.

Today’s Justice: The Historical Bases (JS 642)

September 19–22, 2016 | Location Philadelphia, PA | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

Join us as we trace the foundations of American jurisprudence and the development of American law from its English foundation through to the Warren Court, by analyzing various U.S. Supreme Court Cases in their historical context. This course sets the stage for a thorough understanding of the historical bases for American law.

Schedule subject to change.