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NJC Press Releases

NJC to honor Judge Terry Ruckriegle and law firm Greenberg Traurig

March 13th, 2017|

DENVER, Col. (March 9, 2017) — The National Judicial College (NJC) will honor Colorado Senior Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle and global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in April with the NJC’s Advancement of Justice Award. Greenberg Traurig executives Brian L. Duffy, Cesar L. Alvarez, Hilarie Bass, Ernest LaMont Greer and Larry J. Hoffman will receive individual awards along with Judge Ruckriegle.

NJC announces endowment in honor of its first president

January 19th, 2017|

Board of Trustees to match gifts received for endowment

RENO, Nev. – The National Judicial College has established the Hon. V. Robert Payant Endowment to honor Judge Payant, the College’s first president. The endowment will provide a legacy for him at the NJC while supporting the College’s mission.

Hon. Arnold-Burger selected as chief judge of Kansas Court of Appeals

December 16th, 2016|

The Kansas Supreme Court has selected Judge Karen Arnold-Burger to serve as chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Judge Arnold-Burger received The National Judicial College’s 2016 V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence. She is an alumnus of the NJC and has been a member of the faculty since 2000. She was first appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2011.

NJC Announces AmazonSmile Fundraising Campaign

November 15th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, The National Judicial College has announced an AmazonSmile Foundation fundraising program to benefit the NJC through purchases on Amazon.

AmazonSmile allows shoppers to designate a nonprofit organization to receive 0.5 percent of their purchase of eligible items. The donation is at no cost to the shopper or the NJC.

To benefit the NJC, begin your shopping at and select

Judge Arold-Burger to Receive 2016 Payant Award

November 1st, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals has received the 2016 V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence, the National Judicial College (NJC) announced on Tuesday. Judge Arnold-Burger will be presented with the award on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka, Kan.

Arnold-Burger is the 27th recipient of the Payant Award, which has been given annually since 1988 and is presented at

Q&A: Marijuana Legalization and its Impact in the Courtroom

October 19th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – An unprecedented number of American voters will be casting their ballots on marijuana policies this November. In the upcoming elections, five states will vote on legalized recreational marijuana use and an additional four states will vote on medical marijuana.

Recent data suggests public opinion to be tipping in favor of easing restrictions on the drug. According to the Washington Post, the latest polling shows that the public is

Drugs in America Today Panel Discussion to be Live Streamed  

October 4th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – A panel discussion on the opioid epidemic and current drug issues in the United States will be streamed live at 5:30 p.m. PST on Monday, Oct. 10 from Las Vegas. The panel discussion, Drugs in America Today, is sponsored by The National Judicial College (NJC).

Topics will include evidence-based treatment options for the courts and communities, efforts to limit the opioid epidemic and important lessons for addicts and

President Schmucker Receives Merit Award

September 26th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – The National Judicial College (NJC) President Chad C. Schmucker was presented with the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit, the American Judges Association (AJA) announced Monday, Sept. 26 at its annual conference in Toronto.