Washington, DC
Tuition: $1,399 | Conference Fee: $399

We have many reasons to celebrate America’s court system and its role in preserving our democracy, especially as we observe as other countries struggle to introduce the rule of law. However, there are many threats to the independence of our judiciary: some overt, some subtle, all designed to undermine public trust and confidence in our system of justice. In their purest form and in an ideal world, courts would not be subject to improper influence from other branches of government or from private or partisan interests. This timely course explores threats to judicial independence in the United States, emphasizing current threats in the context of historical lessons. The course will also explore ways in which judges can appropriately and ethically respond to these threats. Participants will also examine the First Amendment, and the media’s role in supporting democracy.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current threats to the independence of the judiciary, and to freedom of the press;
  2.  Identify precursors that have occurred in other countries;
  3. Formulate an action plan to respond appropriately and ethically to current threats.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

This course will be held at the JW Marriott; on Day 4, December 13,  the sessions will be conducted at the National Press Club at 529 14th Street, Washington, D.C.