Ethics, Fairness, and Security in Your Courtroom and Community



Conference Fee




Course Location

Reno, NV

Course Fees



Conference Fee


Reno, NV

October 30, 2023 to November 2, 2023

This course has been cancelled.

As a judge, you have the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the court process. Are you? This course will help participants reduce bias and prejudice in their court, as well as apply security measures when engaging with the public.

This course is being held in conjunction with an online version:


Course $1360

Conference Fee $329

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Assess the ethical responses to everyday situations that may confront you in and out of the court.
  • Identify security risks in and outside of the courthouse, and develop a security plan for dealing with threats.
  • Apply appropriate sanctions to contemptuous acts and utilize preventive measures for dealing with trial and court disruption.
  • Identify clearly improper and clearly permissible political activity, and the activities that lie between the two.
  • Recognize elements of institutional and cultural power, evaluate how differential treatment flows from society’s ranking of social identities, and use this awareness to promote public confidence in the fairness of your court.

Why should I take this course?
During this course you will examine real cases and use hypothetical scenarios to distinguish between proper and improper personal conduct in your courtroom and community activities. You will study research on implicit and institutional bias so that you can better recognize its effects. After attending, you will also be able to identify security risks and apply appropriate personal security measures while on the bench, in your home and with your family. Upon completion, you will be well-versed in the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the foundation of this course.

Who should attend?
Any judge will benefit from attending this course regardless of the type of court or agency in which they sit. This course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges, as well as judges anticipating a move into a leadership role in their court.

Who are the members of the faculty?
Judges, researchers, law and university professors, and judicial security experts, who have a mastery of their subject matter.

How is this course taught?
A variety of teaching techniques including lectures, case studies, large and small group discussions, and polling questions. The course is an excellent mix of the theoretical and practical.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
Ethical breaches, security lapses, and systemic biases, even when unintentional, have far-reaching consequences. Attendance in this course will help judges identify and correct these issues within their court.

Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Leadership Enrichment & Jurisprudence Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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