The final morning of the NASJE conference in Charleston, South Carolina began with the choice of one of three different breakout sessions. I chose to attend Facilitating 101 presented by Stephanie Hemmert of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. She began the session by drawing input from many in the audience, who shared various reasons why they wanted to facilitate classes, discussions and meetings. She then went on to explain that our purpose for the class was to practice our facilitating skills with the whole group.
If you are attending the NASJE Annual Conference December 3-6 in Charleston, be sure to read up on events happening in town before, during and after the conference! Also be sure to consult the December conference guide. Read about some of the exciting conference sessions offered at the conference and prepare for Tuesday’s experiential learning event on the 2017 Conference page. You’ll want to be in the know so you can take full advantage of everything the conference and the city have to offer.
Your NAJSE Conference Committee and Board have been hard at work resolving details for the NASJE Annual Conference now scheduled for December 3-6, 2017. The good news is that those of you who registered for September and who still plan to attend don’t need to do a thing. Your registration and fees are applied to the new dates.
New attendees must register.
If you responded to the survey sent out to all members and indicated you needed to cancel or transfer your registration, you also don’t need to do anything, your account will be taken care of. If you haven’t yet completed your survey, please do so.
Here is everything you need to know about the rescheduled conference!
The 2017 NASJE Annual Conference has been rescheduled for December 3-6, 2017. We are fortunate to have been offered alternate dates at the same hotel after the September conference dates became unworkable due to Hurricane Irma. We are grateful to the staff at the Francis Marion hotel who worked hard to accommodate us and ensure a positive outcome for all concerned despite the storm.
In a kind of cinematic alchemy, Moonlight makes viewers’ hearts beat right along with the protagonist’s in a world that is both intrinsically American and foreign to many. The movie drops us deeply into three stages of Chiron’s life—as a ten year old trying to outrun bullies in his impoverished Miami neighborhood, as an adolescent quivering at the possibility of a first kiss, and as a hyper-muscled, achingly lonely adult.
(1) Did you register for the 2017 NASJE conference in Charleston, South Carolina? (2) Did you know Charleston SC has been voted number 2 in the world’s top 10 best cities in 2017 from Travel + Leisure magazine? (3) Did you research the area and pick your favorite places to see and restaurants to visit? (4) Did you reserve your room at the Francis Marion hotel?
In a thought provoking session at NASJE’s 2016 Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, Dr. Johannes Wheeldon and the Honorable David Suntag offered the underlying premises of restorative justice — while attempting to respond to criminal acts, the justice system itself causes harm, and the participation of those in the justice system is often limited to hiring a lawyer to navigate complex procedures. This lack of participation by those whose lives are affected leads to a default society. Restorative justice, on the other hand, demands meaningful participation and affords an opportunity to articulate our needs.
Does business casual include khakis and open-toed shoes? It certainly does where we are going! NASJE’s Annual Conference is September 10-13, 2017, in Charleston South Carolina, where the average temperature for September is in the mid-80s. There is a lot to see and do in the area, especially if you want to add a day or two to your trip either before or after the conference. Here are some highlights!
This book and conference location are the inspiration for “ELO, Charleston, South Carolina and Race: An Experiential Approach”, which revisits the tragedy and explores how race remains a salient issue in society. The session will include a visit to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the murders occurred, on-site discussion of the tragedy and where the country and justice system are with regards to race.
The 2017 NASJE Conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on September 10-13, 2017, at the Francis Marion Hotel. The theme for the conference will be “Old meets New: incorporating fundamentals, instructional design and adult learning in the 21st century.” In collaboration with the Education and Curriculum Committee, five courses are being created to incorporate our NASJE Curriculum Designs in order to specifically address NASJE’s Core Competencies, i.e. Fundamentals, Leadership and Governance, Diversity, Grant Funding and Budgeting and Collaboration with Human Resources.
James “Jim” Drennan echoes the qualities honored by the Karen Thorson Award through his forty-year University of North Carolina School of Government career that started in 1974, and through his contributions to NASJE. Current NASJE communications committee chair Lynne Alexander sat down with the Jim for a short discussion about judicial education.
Last month, I found myself sharing a taxi from the Vermont Airport to the Burlington Hilton late Saturday night with another newly minted judicial educator, Meg Rowe. Meg and I were chatting in the back seat – we’d just met — when the taxi driver asked us what “judicial education” was. Even as newbies, we’d answered that question a few times already and offered him practiced explanations. When we were finished, he said, “Do you work on those new drug courts? Because the one here saved my life.” And he told us a bit about himself, offering us a story and a life that connected the NASJE Conference and our new profession to something more real than practiced explanations about judicial education. Our cab ride unexpectedly reminded us of the human value of the work we do.
This compelling blended learning event at the 2016 NAJSE annual conference combined experiential learning and more traditional learning. Session participants watched the heart-wrenching, award-winning documentary God Knows Where I Am, participated in a discussion about the film with colleague Joan Bishop, and listened to a presentation by Judge Steve Leifman about his judicial experiences and interactions with the mental health system and the mentally ill appearing before him.