2018 Course Calendar

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Mindfulness for Judges @ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

This four-day program, held in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an opportunity to pause from the many complexities of being a judge and find some space to breathe and reflect. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in the present moment. It is a practice of learning to pay attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and acknowledging whatever is present and using that information to respond to the unfolding of our work and lives.


Over the course of the four days, we will explore the most current research on mindfulness, including the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the effects of mindfulness on work-related skills and behaviors. Specifically, participants will learn how mindfulness can help cope with trauma, and enhance leadership and communication. Mindfulness also …

  • develops your immune system;
  • aids with physiological responses to stress and negative emotions;
  • improves social relationships with family and strangers;
  • reduces stress, depression, and anxiety;
  • increases well-being and happiness;
  • increases openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness; and
  • improves your awareness that is more clear, nonconceptual, and flexible.

Research on mindfulness in the judiciary, for example, the effectiveness of mindfulness in addressing unconscious biases, will be a particular focus. In addition to the didactic portion of the program, we will spend a significant amount of time experiencing directly a wide variety of attention focusing and meditation practices, while leaving time for thoughtful dialogue and inquiry. By the end of the course you will have both experience with mindfulness practice along with the resources to keep your practice going for years to come.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define “mindfulness”;
  2. Describe why mindfulness is especially important for judges to employ;
  3. Summarize the benefits of mindfulness for both your personal and professional life; and
  4. Apply mindfulness to assist you in decision making.

Kelly, Zarcone, Mindfulness Training Has Positive Health Benefits: Interdisciplinary Research Shows How Powerful the Mind Really Is, located at https://nau.edu/research/feature-stories/mindfulness-training-has-positive-health-benefits (visited Apr. 15, 2016).

Drury Plaza Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the Drury Plaza Hotel. Experience the vibrant culture of New Mexico at this artful resort near the Historic Plaza, offering easy access to legendary activities and attractions. The Historic Plaza is a designated National Historic Landmark in Downtown Santa Fe that is home to various shops, live music venues, art galleries and restaurants. Explore Canyon Road. What began as a residential neighborhood has become a prominent Santa Fe arts district, with over a hundred art galleries and studios exhibiting Native American art and antiquities, traditional and modern Hispanic art, regional contemporary art, international folk art and international contemporary art.

The group room rate is $129 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 8.3%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until October 15, 2018, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (505) 424-2175 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”


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.


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.