April 4-7, 2016 | Location Nashville, TN | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

This course familiarizes you with the factors that affect the judicial decision making process and assists you in the analysis of your own thinking and styles.

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Why should I take this course?

Each and every day, judges are called upon to make decisions that affect the lives of the persons coming before them. This course familiarizes you with many of the factors that affect the judicial decision making process and assists you in analyzing your own thinking and style. During the course, the faculty will cover the psychology of decision making, explore how personality type may influence decision making, review ethical considerations that may impact decision making, discuss how appellate courts review decisions, and provide practical suggestions to aid in making decisions from the bench.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify your own decision making style.
  • Explore issues of fairness and equity.
  • Examine the use of judicial discretion.
  • Analyze conflicts of interest and ethical dilemmas.
  • Recognize the factors that can cause an appellate court to overturn a decision.
  • Write and communicate decisions more clearly.

Who should attend?

All types of adjudicators will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members include judges and experts in the psychology of decision making and how personality type may impact decision making.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through interactive lecture, hypothetical case study, and class discussion facilitated by a diverse faculty.

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

Improved decision making skills can enhance my efficiency and efficacy in court and improve my productivity and proficiency. Many of the concepts and techniques learned can be shared with colleagues.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown

The hotel for this course will be the Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown. Located in Printer’s Alley, the hotel offers a printer-themed lobby with its own library and speakeasy-inspired lounge featuring local artists and songwriters 7 nights a week. The hotel is close to such cultural features as the State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Entertainment District, LP Field and the Ryman Auditorium.

The group room rate is $189 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.25%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until March 11, 2016, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (877) 834-3613 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”