2018 Course Calendar

2018 Courses2017-07-18T11:13:36+00:00
Nov
5
Mon
2018
Taking the Bench: An Interactive, Online Course for New Trial Judges @ Web-Based
Nov 5 – Dec 7 all-day

The purpose of this online course is to provide education for judges who have been recently elected or appointed. The course is four weeks in length. Judges spend an average of six to eight hours per week on assignments, and you are required to attend a weekly web conference.

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What will I learn?

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Ascertain how to address issues that judges face in transitioning from the bar to the bench.
  • Describe what new judges can expect to experience in their courtroom.
  • Identify what judges do in chambers that even trial lawyers wouldn’t necessarily be aware of.
  • Define what judges should and should not do in relating to their communities.

Who should attend?

Judges who have been recently elected or appointed.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty are highly experienced judges and experts who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching. 2018 faculty includes Judge Kristi Harrington, Judge Jenifer Harris, Professor Benjamin Holden, Judge David Kimberley, and Judge Thomas Zonay.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video, and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between six and eight hours on lessons per week, with a total of four weeks of instruction (week three is a break week). On Friday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills program.

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Nov
30
Fri
2018
The Judge’s Role in Utilizing U Visa Certifications and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status @ Online Webcast
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

November 30, 2018 noon PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free

This webcast will provide insight into the judge’s role in utilizing U visa certifications and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

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Faculty will discuss tools provided in federal statutes that create an explicit role for state court judges to protect immigrant crime victims. Federal statutes authorize U visa certification for judges who hear criminal, family, and civil cases in which the immigrant has provided evidence about crime victimization.

This webcast will provide state court judges with information about the SIJS and U visa programs, the court’s role, and best practices for issuing SJIS findings and U visa certifications. The session will conclude with an overview of topics that the State Justice Institute (SJI) have funded and developed training materials for, in an effort to assist state court judges in adjudicating cases involving the care, custody, protection and the well-being of immigrant children and children living in immigrant families.

After this webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. Ascertain tools provided by Congress in federal statutes that create an explicit role for state court judges to protect immigrant crime victims;
  2. Describe federal statutes governing the U Visa and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which are forms of immigration relief designed to rely on the expertise state courts when adjudicating cases involving crime victims and children; and
  3. Identify the range of topics for which the State Justice Institute (SJI) has funded and developed training materials to assist state court judges in adjudicating cases involving the care, custody, protection, and well-being of immigrant children and children living in immigrant families.
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Dec
6
Thu
2018
Neuroscience and the Law: Psychopathy in the Courtroom @ Online Webcast
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you interested in learning more about the intervention and prevention strategies available for defendants who have mental illnesses or disorders? This webcast will provide you with some insight into psychopathy in the courtroom, including definitions of mental illnesses that may present themselves in your courtroom. Finally, the webcast will provide suggestions concerning resources and relationships that you can establish to aid in managing these sometimes difficult cases.

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After attending this webcast, judges will be able to:

  1. Define “psychopathy,” “antisocial personality disorder,” and “externalizing disorders” and how substance abuse interacts with these illnesses; and
  2. Identify the brain functions, genetics, and environmental factors that result in these illnesses and what treatment providers can and can’t do in treating the illnesses; and
  3. Summarize potential resources and relationships that you can establish to help in the management of cases involving defendants who suffer from these mental illnesses.
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Dec
10
Mon
2018
Contemporary Threats to Judicial Independence and Freedom of the Press @ Washington, DC
Dec 10 – Dec 13 all-day
Contemporary Threats to Judicial Independence and Freedom of the Press @ Washington, DC

We have many reasons to celebrate America’s court system and its role in preserving our democracy, especially as we observe as other countries struggle to introduce the rule of law. However, there are many threats to the independence of our judiciary: some overt, some subtle, all designed to undermine public trust and confidence in our system of justice. In their purest form and in an ideal world, courts would not be subject to improper influence from other branches of government or from private or partisan interests. This timely course explores threats to judicial independence in the United States, emphasizing current threats in the context of historical lessons. The course will also explore ways in which judges can appropriately and ethically respond to these threats. Participants will also examine the First Amendment, and the media’s role in supporting democracy.

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After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current threats to the independence of the judiciary, and to freedom of the press;
  2.  Identify precursors that have occurred in other countries;
  3. Formulate an action plan to respond appropriately and ethically to current threats.

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 will be held at the JW Marriott; on Day 4, December 13,  the sessions will be conducted at the National Press Club at 529 14th Street, Washington, D.C.

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Mar
20
Wed
2019
E-Discovery: Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in the Courtroom @ Online Webcast
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What does electronic evidence or electronically stored information (ESI) encompass? What needs to be considered in terms of discovery and admissibility? This webcast will offer a description of ESI, as well as an overview of both the discovery and admission of ESI under the Federal Rules of Evidence.

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After this webcast, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Electronically Stored Information (ESI);
  2. Describe the challenges and opportunities posed by e-discovery; and
  3. Identify rules pertaining to ESI admissibility.
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