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NJC Press Releases

Symposium will bring together descendants of Dred Scott, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis

July 3rd, 2018|

RENO, Nev. — Descendants of Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis and the principal figures in the infamous Dred Scott decision will come together for a Symposium on Reconciliation and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts on July 16 at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri.

The program is a presentation of the nonprofit and nonpartisan National Judicial College, the nation’s oldest and largest school for judges of all kinds.

NOTE: This event is not open

NJC to honor Judge Terry Ruckriegle and law firm Greenberg Traurig

March 13th, 2017|

DENVER, Col. (March 9, 2017) — The National Judicial College (NJC) will honor Colorado Senior Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle and global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in April with the NJC’s Advancement of Justice Award. Greenberg Traurig executives Brian L. Duffy, Cesar L. Alvarez, Hilarie Bass, Ernest LaMont Greer and Larry J. Hoffman will receive individual awards along with Judge Ruckriegle.

Hon. Arnold-Burger selected as chief judge of Kansas Court of Appeals

December 16th, 2016|

The Kansas Supreme Court has selected Judge Karen Arnold-Burger to serve as chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Judge Arnold-Burger received The National Judicial College’s 2016 V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence. She is an alumnus of the NJC and has been a member of the faculty since 2000. She was first appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2011.

NJC Announces AmazonSmile Fundraising Campaign

November 15th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, The National Judicial College has announced an AmazonSmile Foundation fundraising program to benefit the NJC through purchases on Amazon.

AmazonSmile allows shoppers to designate a nonprofit organization to receive 0.5 percent of their purchase of eligible items. The donation is at no cost to the shopper or the NJC.

To benefit the NJC, begin your shopping at and select

Judge Arold-Burger to Receive 2016 Payant Award

November 1st, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals has received the 2016 V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence, the National Judicial College (NJC) announced on Tuesday. Judge Arnold-Burger will be presented with the award on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka, Kan.

Arnold-Burger is the 27th recipient of the Payant Award, which has been given annually since 1988 and is presented at

Q&A: Marijuana Legalization and its Impact in the Courtroom

October 19th, 2016|

RENO, Nev. – An unprecedented number of American voters will be casting their ballots on marijuana policies this November. In the upcoming elections, five states will vote on legalized recreational marijuana use and an additional four states will vote on medical marijuana.

Recent data suggests public opinion to be tipping in favor of easing restrictions on the drug. According to the Washington Post, the latest polling shows that the public is