Did you receive formal judicial education before you heard your first case?
At the NJC’s founding in 1963, some legal
professionals worried that if judges sought out further education it
would be like admitting their own inadequacy. Today many states provide
an orientation to new judges, and military judges must attend and
graduate from a three-week intensive training course, but no national
standards exist for what judges should know before they take the bench.
What was your experience? Had you received formal coursework in how to
be a judge before you became one?