March 27-30, 2017 | Location Washington, DC | Tuition $1,395 | Conference Fee $499 What’s this?

How does an independent judiciary contribute to a just society? What is necessary for the judiciary to be truly independent? In this course we attempt to answer these questions as we scrutinize historical and current events to see where judges have struggled with powerful personal, ethical, and political pressures. The faculty and participants will review the elements of an independent judiciary, study how this concept evolved in America, learn the status of judicial independence worldwide, and discuss current U.S. threats to the independence of judges. The class will take a private tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as we look at the participation of the German judiciary during the Nazi regime. Join us as we explore this important subject.

One of the best, if not the best, judicial courses I’ve ever attended.
Hon. Douglas J. Nielsen, Utah

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define how legal and judicial systems are influenced by a government’s political philosophy.
  • Analyze the forces that negatively influence judicial independence.
  • Describe potential areas of tension between the canons of ethics and the application of the rule of law.
  • Identify the elements of an independent judiciary.

Who should attend?

Any judge will benefit from attending this course regardless of the type of court or agency in which they sit.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Various judges, historians, and legal scholars make up the faculty for this course.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through lecture, class discussion, group discussion, and a field trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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

An independent judiciary is constantly under criticism by politicians, segments of the public, and the media. Judges can be subjected to conflicts between the law and their consciences. This course provides the intellectual tools to recognize potential threats and emphasizes the importance of maintaining an independent judiciary.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

Hamilton Crowne Plaza

The hotel for this course will be Hamilton Crowne Plaza. Located right in the heart of Washington D.C., the Hamilton is just minutes from all the best our nation’s capital has to offer. The Smithsonian, the White House, the National Mall and countless other cultural and historical monuments are within walking distance of our front door. The Hamilton is proudly present on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America.

The group room rate is $229 per night (plus applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 14.5%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until March 6, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling the reservation center at (202) 682-0111 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for 2 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 Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.