May 18-July 3, 2015 | Web | Tuition $595
Also offered May 16-July 1, 2016
As a judge, you have the responsibility of upholding the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Are you? During this course, you will explore the foundation of ethics, review and apply the Code to behavior both on and off the bench, and develop a framework to improve cultural competence.
Why should I take this course?
This Web-based course will use guided analysis with experienced faculty to teach you to identify and distinguish between proper and improper court-related behavior, communication between lawyers and litigants, and interactions with pro se/unrepresented litigants. This course will also explore how inherent bias may impact court proceedings, and how to mitigate those effects in your courtroom, and how to deal with immigrants or court participants from different cultural values. Last, you will learn how to maintain ethics and integrity off of the bench and in judicial campaigns.
What will I learn?
During this course, you will learn to:
- Identify and distinguish between proper and improper court-related behavior.
- Identify and distinguish between proper and improper action in dealing with pro se/unrepresented litigants.
- Identify and distinguish between proper and improper action in dealing with ex parte communication.
- Identify and explain how your bias and stereotyping may impact your court proceedings.
- Identify and explain how your perceptions of immigrants, different cultures, and gender may impact your court proceedings.
- Nullify the effect of any bias and prejudice in order to maintain the integrity of the court for all participants.
- Identify and rectify areas of bias in your courtroom.
Who should attend?
This course is valuable to both beginning and experienced judges.
Who are the members of the faculty?
Faculty are highly experienced trial judges who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching.
How is this course taught?
Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Thursday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.
Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.