March 9-12, 2015 | Location San Diego, CA | Tuition $1,245 | Conference Fee $395 What’s this?

As a newer appellate judge, you are likely to confront issues that you have not faced before, such as group decision making, assessing logical and illogical arguments, and appellate review. Want to know the best methods for accomplishing those tasks with less stress and greater confidence? This course will help you identify those methods and give you the opportunity to refine your writing style, analyze the appellate review process, and assess logical and illogical arguments.

PREREQUISITE: A law degree or the equivalent is required to attend this course.
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Why should I take this course?

As an appellate judge, you are likely to confront issues that you have not faced before, such as group decision making, appellate court administration, and working with appellate staff. This course will assist you in identifying the best methods for accomplishing those tasks with less stress and greater confidence. You will also have the opportunity to refine your writing style, analyze the appellate review process, and assess logical and illogical arguments. Finally, you will examine the ethical restraints placed upon the appellate judge.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Outline different communication styles and improve your communication skills to assist you in maintaining collegiality on your court.
  • Recite the ethical obligations that appellate judges confront.
  • Manage your court staff more effectively after obtaining a better understanding of your role and your personal profile.
  • Write more clearly and succinctly.
  • Summarize the inherent powers of the appellate courts.
  • Integrate the power of logic into your written decisions and in negotiations with fellow justices.

Who should attend?

Any adjudicator who hears appeals and writes appellate-level opinions would benefit from attending this course, especially those that are recently appointed or elected.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty for this course in 2015 are:

  • Justice Dan Crothers, North Dakota
  • Ronald R. Hofer, Attorney, Court of Appeals, Wisconsin
  • Douglas Lind, University of Idaho
  • Dr. Isaiah Zimmerman, Washington, D.C..

How is this course taught?

The variety and diversity of the faculty members makes this course compelling. This course is taught in a lecture and group discussion format. You are encouraged to interact with one another in workshops and small discussion groups to compare and analyze your experiences.

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

This is a rare opportunity for judges new to the appellate bench to form career-long effective decision-making, staff management, communication, writing, and appellate analysis skills. You will also gain exposure to methods and procedures employed in other jurisdictions.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown

The hotel for this course will be Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown. An all-suite hotel located in the heart of downtown San Diego and just minutes from the San Diego International Airport. Located across from Seaport Village and the beautiful San Diego Bay and just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The group room rate is $142 per night and includes a complimentary breakfast buffet (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 12.58%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until February 13, 2015, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling the reservation center at (800) EMBASSY and referencing “The NJC Seminar Course.”