Writing for Tribal Judges

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

Do you have confidence on the bench? Well-reasoned, well-articulated decisions are essential to a judge’s role. This course will help you to articulate the position of both legal and traditional reasoning in tribal common law; explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning; identify the audience as well as the purposes and constraints of written judicial opinions; and improve the skills necessary to edit and revise opinions.

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Why should I take this course?

Tribal judges must be able to write well-reasoned and well-articulated decisions. Your court’s clients deserve clear, unambiguous judicial documents and you can enhance the skills needed to produce strong, specific and detailed orders and decisions for your community.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Articulate the position of both legal and traditional reasoning in tribal common law.
  • Explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Identify the audience as well as the purposes and constraints of written judicial opinions.
  • Improve the skills necessary to edit and revise opinions with greater confidence.

Who should attend?

Tribal judges at any skill level who want to improve their writing skills.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The course is taught by Professor Ronald Hofer and Chief Justice John Reif of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

How is this course taught?

The class is conducted through demonstration of writing styles and writing pitfalls, thorough class discussion, and writing practice exercises. You are asked to submit at least one opinion or writing sample for review and analysis by the faculty.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Writing clear, concise and precise orders and opinions is a critical skill for a judge. You will hone your abilities and be able to put what you learn into practice as soon as you return to the bench.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.

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