Customizable Programs

The listings below represent a sampling of the courses available from The National Judicial College. If you have a topic that is not represented on the list, the NJC can create a custom-designed course to suit your needs. Please contact William Brunson at brunson@judges.org or at (775) 327-8211. The NJC can present the programs face-to-face in your jurisdiction or in any location you wish. Alternatively, the NJC can present programs via webcast.
Note: The JS designations below reflect those courses that are eligible for credit in the master’s or Ph.D. in Judicial Studies. “Web-Based” signifies that the program is offered via WebCampus, a learning management system. For more information, contact William Brunson.

Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law: Advanced (JS 649)
  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612)
  • Administrative Law: High Volume
  • Administrative Law: Utility Regulatory Adjudication
  • Essential Skills for the Unemployment Adjudicator (Web-Based)
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge (Web-Based)
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges (Web-Based)
  • Mediation for Administrative Law Judges
  • Traffic Adjudication for Administrative Law Judges (Web-Based)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Advanced Mediation: Practical Skills and Techniques
  • Civil Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Mediation for Administrative Law Judges
  • Settlement Techniques

Civil

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Advanced Mediation: Practical Skills and Techniques
  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Civil Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Electronic Discovery: What Every Judge Needs to Know
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively (Web-Based)
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Settlement Techniques

Court Performance and Management

  • Conducting the Trial (JS 617)
  • Court Management for Judges and Court Administrators
  • Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
  • Decision Making (JS 618)
  • Effective Case Flow Management (JS 627)
  • Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624)
  • Judicial Security: Protecting the Court and the Judge
  • Management Skills for Presiding Judges
  • Managing Complex Litigation (JS 629)

Courts and Media

  • Essential Court Teamwork in Dealing with the Media
  • First Amendment and Media Issues for Judges
  • Basic Legal Affairs Reporting for Journalists

Criminal

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Criminal Pretrial & Post-Trial Challenges: Solutions for Bail, Supervision & Sentencing
  • Impaired Driving Case Essentials
  • Handling Capital Cases (JS 623)
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities
  • Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues (JS 628)
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues (Web-Based)
  • Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders
  • The Fourth Amendment: Contemporary Issues for Appellate Judges
  • The Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure Training for Trial Judges

Enrichment & History of the Law

  • Current Issues in the Law
  • Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach (JS 619)
  • Judicial Philosophy and American Law
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Law, Science and Ethics
  • Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases (JS 642)
  • When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary (JS 645)

Evidence

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Criminal Evidence (JS 613)
  • Electronic Discovery: What Every Judge Needs to Know
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges (Web-Based)
  • Evidence in a Courtroom Setting
  • Fundamentals of Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues (Web-Based)

Faculty & Curriculum Development
(a.k.a. Train-the-Trainer)

  • Creating an Active Learning Environment: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Curriculum Development Principles and Practices
  • Custom-Designed Faculty Development Workshop – choose the subject and we’ll teach you how to teach it
  • Designing and Presenting Effective Presentations: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Distance Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Planning and Presenting Programs Effectively: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Program and Faculty Development
  • Using Literature as a Teaching Tool: A Faculty Development Workshop

Family Law

  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Current Issues in Family Law (JS 634)
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Financial Statements in the Courtroom
  • Managing Challenging Family Law Cases: A Practical Approach (JS 634)
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities

Foundation

  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612)
  • Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Decision Making
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Ethics for Judges
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge (Web-Based)
  • Ethics, Bias and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground (Web-Based)
  • General Jurisdiction (JS 610)
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively (Web-Based)
  • Judicial Writing (JS 615)
  • Logic and Opinion Writing (JS 621)
  • Special Court Jurisdiction
  • Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced (JS 612)

Problem-Solving Techniques and Practice

  • Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Criminal Pretrial and Post-Trial Challenges: Solutions for Bail, Supervision and Sentencing
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities
  • Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues (JS 628)
  • Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders

Skills-Based

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626)
  • Civil Mediation
  • Commercial Driver’s Licensing Laws: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Custom-Designed Faculty Development Workshop – choose the subject and we’ll teach you how to teach it
  • Designing and Presenting Effective Presentations: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Distance Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Judicial Writing (JS 615)
  • Logic and Opinion Writing (JS 621)
  • Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624)
  • Using Literature as a Teaching Tool: A Faculty Development Workshop

Tribal

  • Competence, Confidence and Control: Enhancing Public Trust in Tribal Courts
  • Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Special Court Jurisdiction

Web-Based

  • Essential Skills for the Unemployment Adjudicator (Web-Based)
  • Ethics, Bias and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground (Web-Based)
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge (Web-Based)
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges (Web-Based)
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively (Web-Based)
  • Rural Courts (Web-Based)
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues (Web-Based)
  • Traffic Adjudication for Administrative Law Judges (Web-Based)