Free Online Sessions in October 2011
In 2011, The National Judicial College is sharing sessions of in-person courses taking place in Reno, Nevada. We will be streaming live over the internet segments of the courses using the WebEx meeting center. The sessions are chosen because the subject matter “stands alone” and has wide jurist appeal.
There is no cost to view, but you do need to register.
Instructions to Register: Follow the link below for the session you wish to attend, either by clicking on the link, or by typing the address into your web browser. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you are registered with directions to follow. On the day of the webcast, you will be able to sign on 30 minutes early to check your connection. An internet connection and a phone line will enable you to see video of the presenter, view a copy of any documents the presenter uses (such as PowerPoint slides), and hear the audio. If you have any trouble, call NJC at 1-800-25-JUDGE.
OCTOBER 2011 SESSIONS
INTRODUCTION TO WATER LAW (50 Minutes)
Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Pacific (3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Judge John Thorson and Special Master Ramsey Kropf
Description: Introduction to Water Law is a live excerpt from Dividing the Waters 2011 Annual Conference (October 9-12), Crossing the Ag-Urban Divide. During this session, participants will discuss fundamental water law concepts, review the basic water law regimes, and develop an appreciation for the unique characteristics distinguishing complex water law cases from other forms of civil litigation. After the session, participants will be able to describe the basic legal approaches for water allocation and management and develop a vocabulary of frequently used water law terms and concepts.
Dividing the Waters is a collaborative network of judges, masters, and referees involved in western general stream adjudications and other complex water litigation. Dividing the Waters is affiliated with the National Judicial College.
INTERVIEWING CHILDREN (Fifty Minutes)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Pacific (4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Dr. Phil Stahl
Description: Dr. Phil Stahl will discuss the strategies psychologists employ when interviewing children in their parents’ divorce and juvenile proceedings. After this session, participants will be able to identify the various methods available for reaching out to children from a developmental perspective in these proceedings as well as the associated risks.
This session is a live excerpt from the National Judicial College’s four-day course, Managing Challenging Family Law Cases which is co-sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. This course is designed for judges who hear 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. After attending the four-day course, participants will be able to effectively interview children; apply the latest social science research to craft developmentally appropriate parenting plans; utilize problem-solving court principles to provide litigation alternatives to families in crisis; effectively manage high-conflict cases; ensure safety in cases where domestic violence is indicated; confidently evaluate business financial records; and assess business valuations.
COMMUNICATION: PERCEPTIONS OF BIAS AND FAIRNESS (Fifty Minutes)
Wednesday, October 27, 2011, 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific (2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Gordon I. Zimmerman and Judge Phyllis Carter
Description: During this webcast, Professor Zimmerman and Judge Carter will identify ways in which communication in the courts shapes perception. At the end of this webcast, the participant will be able to assess personal communication choices both verbal and nonverbal, and their effect on perceptions of fairness and bias. The participant will be able to apply two communication methods – self-monitoring and active listening – to reduce perceptions of bias in the courts.
This session is a live excerpt from the National Judicial Colleges four-day course, Ethics, Fairness, and Security in Your Courtroom and Community. Participants in the four-day course will examine real cases and use hypothetical scenarios to distinguish between proper and improper personal conduct in the courtroom and community activities; discuss the importance of different cultures in the community and their impact on courtrooms; reduce bias and prejudice to maintain the integrity of the court process and apply appropriate personal security measures when engaging with the public.
NJC’s Online Library of Previously Recorded Webcasts
If the dates and times listed above don’t fit your schedule, you can view the recorded version of the webcast at our website. They are usually available within 48 hours of the live broadcast. Visit the Recorded Webcasts page here.
Overview of Crimes Involving Child Pornography, Professor Thomas Clancy, 60 minutes
What Research Tells us About Sex Offenders, Dr. Melissa Piasecki, 75 minutes
Witnesses, Statements of Children, and Confrontation, Professor Jules Epstein, 50 minutes
Forensic Science: Theory and Practice, Professor David L. Faigman, 50 minutes