October 19-29, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,595 | Conference Fee $495 What’s this?

Jumpstart your judicial career! This course supplements state-sponsored judicial education for new judges by providing a solid foundation for a new judicial career. You are immersed in the core competencies of your profession.

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Extremely helpful to have presentations followed by opportunities to discuss. Enjoyed the practical down-to-earth tips. Learned from small group members and lunchroom discussions. Glad I was able to attend.
Hon. Sandra Donaghy, Cleveland, TN
The speakers were all highly informed on the subjects each presented. The topics were relevant to my needs as a new judge. The ability to hear different ways of handling issues from judges in other areas of the country exposed me to new ideas I may not have considered. Overall an excellent experience!
Hon. Philip T. Raymond, Macon, GA
I was truly engaged throughout the program and believe I learned a lot about how to be a judge. It opened my eyes on what I thought I already knew.
Hon. Michael P. Joyce, Olathe, KS

Why should I take this course?

Designed for the newer judge, the course introduces you to a variety of subjects and skills you will need and use in your judicial career. Both academic and experiential teaching techniques are used to provide you with the solid, basic understanding of various topics, from ruling on evidence to handling the self-represented litigant. In addition to the substantive law sessions, you will learn about courtroom control, ethical pitfalls and solutions, effective communication techniques, and decision making strategies. After your nine days at The National Judicial College, you will have the tools and resources to face most courtroom situations with confidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Manage your courtroom and individual cases, including cases involving self-represented litigants.
  • Handle juries and sentencing more effectively.
  • Make fair and unbiased decisions.
  • Communicate more effectively from the bench.
  • Summarize and apply developments in 4th & 5th amendment law, civil ADR techniques, domestic violence and family law.
  • Rule on evidence more confidently.
  • Create an appropriate case flow management system for your court.
  • Address electronically stored information discovery issues.
  • Develop tools to address media inquiry and social media use in your courtroom.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for the newer general jurisdiction judge. Most participants find their attendance is most meaningful if they can attend six to twenty-four months after taking the bench. Experienced judges with or without law degrees who have completed the basic two-week Special Court Jurisdiction course are eligible to attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, law professors and experts from other disciplines who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in using the techniques appropriate for a professional education.

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a variety of adult education methods including lecture, question and answer, debate, hypotheticals, problem-solving, various media, and panel discussions. There is a great deal of sharing of experience and practice, which occurs particularly in the daily small-group discussions conducted by group facilitators who have previously attended the course. The atmosphere is intended to be relaxed with as much time as possible for completing exercises, but the lectures are deliberately provocative in comparing methods, ideas, and procedures.

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

Being an effective and efficient general jurisdiction judge requires a range of skills unique to the judicial position. This course will provide me with nine full days of intensive emersion in those basic, necessary skills. Participants learn best practices in a variety of topics. In addition, I will have the opportunity to utilize those techniques in various courtroom scenarios and practicums. Some of the topics covered include courtroom management, evidence rulings, defendant control, and judicial handling of staff and the media.

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 qualifies for 4 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 Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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