As judicial educators, our challenge is to develop courses year after year that are relevant, engaging, and provide the most up-to-date information. We use a variety of resources to accomplish this daunting task, and this year, our partners at the National Association for Court Management (NACM) have released thirteen curriculum designs that align with the NACM Core, the updated version of the NACM Core Competencies.
What do you get when you cross a book club and a conference call? A “callinar,” of course! It was our pleasure as the Curriculum and Education Committee to host the very first ever “callinar” for judicial branch educators on April 28, 2016.
The first Article Club was a success and now it is time for the second one. These Article Club-style phone conferences were created to bring NASJE members together in conversations about topics of interest to judicial educators.
NASJE member Martha Martin, who served as the Chief of Court Education in Florida for 11 years, retired June 9, 2016.
When I began working at the Federal Judicial center ten years ago, I first heard of a learning conference concept called “open space.” You may have heard of it or even used it. It seemed so odd to me! Basically, learners come together with a predetermined, overarching topic for a specific amount of time with no specific agenda topics predefined at all. Some people call this an “unconference” or “open conference.”
Created in 2012, the Missouri Court Management Institute brings together judges, clerks, administrators, and juvenile officers six times a year to explore the purposes and responsibilities of courts, measurement of court performance, case flow management, and managing technology projects, judicial finances, and human resources.
Congratulations to Margaret Allen, NASJE President, who has accepted the position of Director of National Programs at the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management. In her new role, she will collaborate with existing and new partners to…
Join Western Region educators Gavin Lane of California and Joseph Sawyer of the National Judicial College as they identify the latest and most persistent trends in distance education and policy implications for this rapidly changing world.
This past February, I had the privilege of attending and teaching at the Training 2016 Conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida by the Training Magazine Network. This was the first time I had attended this conference. This article includes some of my reflections on the meeting.
Last year, the Education and Curriculum Committee along with the Diversity, Access, and Fairness Committee, released its newest curriculum design, “The Journey toward Diversity, Fairness, and Access through Education,” which is a roadmap for judicial educators and practitioners wishing to develop or integrate fairness and bias related topics. Early curriculum adopters have lauded it.
If you are relatively new to judicial branch education, you might not be aware of an excellent source of information directly applicable to the profession. The JERITT Project was a collaborative effort supported by the State Justice Institute, NASJE, and the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Its mission was “to advance the knowledge base, skills, and best practices of continuing professional education for judges and court personnel.”
By Margaret Allen Colleagues, I hope this message finds you very well. In this edition of “From the President”, I’ll share an overview of the many activities undertaken by our association since January. Board Activities Midyear Meeting. The NASJE Board of…
Kathy Story, MA JD, has been an important and integral part of judicial branch education for many years. She has been affiliated with NASJE since 2002. For her company, Story Consulting and Coaching, she designs and delivers leadership, mentoring and faculty development training to attorneys, judges, court administrators and other legal professionals. Her workshops include learning styles, effective presentations, personal and organizational change, emotional intelligence, diversity training, generational differences and effective feedback.
On February 25, 2016, NASJE’s Northeastern Region sponsored a webinar for NASJE members entitled Procedural Fairness for Court Staff: A Brief Curriculum for Teaching, facilitated by Kelly Tait, Immediate Past President of NASJE, and Joan Bishop, NASJE Northeastern Region Director. About 55 people participated in the webinar. It was a very quick-moving and informative exploration of how and why judicial branch educators should include the topic of procedural fairness in education programs for court personnel as well as judges.
Several NASJE members published articles in Judicial Education and Training: Journal of the International Organization for Judicial Training, Issue 4 (2015). Congratulations to all of them for their fine work in Judicial Branch Education.
As part of the curriculum development process, NJC surveyed state judicial educators, state court administrators, and other stakeholders to identify specific needs around judicial education in the criminal justice arena and how the developed curriculum might meet those needs. The NASJE Futures Committee shares the following information with NASJE in support of its objectives, and as a “thank you” to those NASJE members who participated in the survey.
How do courts deal with issues such as the disproportion of minority representation in the criminal and juvenile justice systems? How can court employees and judges act to overcome the perception that the criminal justice system is biased towards minority populations, as shown in research at ProceduralFairness.org and elsewhere? Pima County courts chose to tackle implicit bias training as one facet of their efforts to combat these and related issues in courts in Tucson, Arizona.