October 31–November 3, 2016 | Location Washington, DC | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

Current Issues in the Law is a four-day course presenting cutting-edge topics with distinguished faculty. Topics for this year’s course will focus on the legal fallout one year after Obergefell v. Hodges, the SCOTUS case which legalized same-sex marriage. We look at how the legalization of marijuana is impacting the courts across the nation. Baseball, baseball, baseball – how America’s national past time has and continues to drive changes in the law. You will get a SCOTUS update in addition to a field trip to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Finally, we will review judicial elections and how “dark money” is influencing the state of the judiciary. Join us in Washington, D.C. for this informative and practical analysis of current issues in the law.

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Why should I take this course?

Current Issues in the Law presents judicially relevant topics with a changing faculty of nationally recognized instructors. The course is designed to provide the judge with fresh insights into events of the day that may impact the judge’s court. This is one course a judge can attend year-after-year to keep up-to-date on major legal issues. 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 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. You are encouraged to discuss your difficult cases with the faculty and other participants. A trip to the United States Supreme Court for oral argument complements the current issues curriculum (subject to availability).

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. By attending this course, you will become familiar with current legal issues and be exposed to various adjudication tools which will improve your performance on 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.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

The hotel for this course will be the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Enjoy easy access to all the attractions of our nation’s capital from this ideal location in the heart of this popular downtown neighborhood. Walk to the Smithsonian museums and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums — all just minutes from Capitol Hill hotel.

The group room rate is $222 per night (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 14.5%) for single or double occupancy with a rate of $177 per night beginning on November 1 and extending through your stay. This special rate will be available until September 30, 2016, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

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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.

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