May 18-21, 2015 | Location Seattle, WA | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

This course strives to present timely, judicially relevant topics that not only affect the courts but American society as a whole. With nationally recognized instructors, participants are exposed to topics that engage the mind while addressing how those subjects may be reflected in the judge’s court. In 2015, some of the topics will be human trafficking, the effects of the legalization of marijuana, and gay marriage and other LGBTQ issues as they may arise in your courtroom. The course ends with a review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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Why should I take this course?

The law is constantly changing. New cases and legal trends impact your day-to-day adjudication making familiarity with current legal issues important to you. The course not only provides an annual review of recent Supreme Court cases, but the faculty analyze and discuss with you important new laws and their unintended consequences, high-profile cases and the ways in which they might affect your local decision-making, and the legal issues making news in the last year.

What will I learn?

This course’s curriculum changes every year, thereby keeping the judge informed and up-to-date on legal trends and important cases. After attending this course, participants will be able to meaningfully discuss the current issues affecting the law today. Topics previously addressed included discussion on the Patriot Act, issues behind state stand-your-ground laws, and the admission of electronically stored information. Upcoming topics will include technology issues, marijuana laws, social media and your court. Two hours are devoted to relevant ethical considerations and a review of recent United States Supreme Court decisions.

Who should attend?

Judges of all experience levels and jurisdictions will find this course helpful. Because the topics change with each class offering, judges that have previously attended should feel comfortable taking this class again.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty for this course includes judges and knowledgeable professionals.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a number of adult education techniques including lecture, discussion, question and answer, and hypothetical problems. Participants are encouraged to discuss their difficult cases with the faculty and other participants. Often field trips are incorporated as part of the learning experience.

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

The American legal system and the cases that come before judges are evolving daily. Judges must fully grasp the strides made in evidentiary issues and the legal ramifications of these difficult decisions. Judges need to be armed with the most current information in the areas of technology and science and the latest ideas on courtroom management.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

Monaco Seattle

The hotel for this course will be Monaco Seattle. From the hotel, you can walk to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Washington State Convention Center — even the Seattle waterfront. Catch a sporting event, see the Space Needle, or join the local crowd at the stunning Seattle Central Library.

The group room rate is $156 per night (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 15.6%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until April 27, 2015, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation online by clicking here, or by calling the reservation center at (800) KIMPTON and referencing “NJC Seminar Course.”

Qualifies as an elective for the Certificate in Judicial Development Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.