September 28-October 1, 2015 | Location Santa Fe, NM | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

This is a practical course for new judges who want to develop the skills they need to oversee their courtroom effectively, and for judges who want to take a fresh look at the judge’s role on the bench, from civility to contempt.

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Why should I take this course?

A practical course for new judges and for judges who want a fresh look at their role on the bench, this course provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills that you need to oversee your courtroom more effectively.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench.
  • Create solutions for problems that commonly arise with self-represented litigants.
  • Encourage and promote civility in the courtroom.
  • Handle trial disruptions with confidence.
  • Identify techniques to minimize the impact of implicit bias.
  • Recognize the judge’s role in making and protecting the record.
  • Describe the effect of stress on judicial performance.
  • Discuss viable court security options.

Who should attend?

General jurisdiction, special court, and tribal judges who hear criminal or civil cases will benefit from this course. Judges need not preside over jury trials to find this course useful.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty for this course are highly experienced judges and experts in the fields of communication and decision-making.

How is this course taught?

The faculty uses a combination of lecture, question and answer, debates and class problems. You will be expected to participate in active discussions of current issues and to offer insights and experiences in dealing with such matters. Time is also set aside for small group discussions.

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

All judges can benefit from learning to be more efficient and by thinking “outside of the box.” They will have the opportunity to learn not only from the expert faculty but also from colleagues from around the country. Judges often rely on local legal culture to define how they conduct their courtrooms and trials. Examining the culture is important for ensuring growth and progress.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe

The hotel for this course will be Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe. The hotel is in the heart of downtown Santa Fe on Palace Avenue. Santa Fe rests in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, under beautiful blue, sunny skies and with cool, crisp, clean mountain air. Santa Fe is an alluring year-round cultural, culinary, and outdoor destination with a wealth of history. As the third largest art market in the U.S., the City Different is alive with arts, full of amazing food, and has so much to discover.

The group room rate will be the 2015 federal per diem rate (currently $94 per night) and includes a complimentary breakfast buffet (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 15.1875%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until August 26, 2015, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by clicking here or by calling the hotel at (800) 378-7946 and referencing The National Judicial College or group code 2228505.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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