Category: News

Open Space: The All Coffee Break Conference

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.”

NASJE President Margaret Allen accepts new position

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…

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: The Judicial Education Reference, Information and Technical Transfer (JERITT) Project

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.”

From the President (Spring 2016)

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…

Procedural Fairness for Court Staff

Kelly Tait Webinar

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.

NASJE Member Kudos

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.

NJC Releases Preliminary Data on Criminal Justice Training Survey

Topics Survey

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.

From the President (Winter 2016)

Margaret Allen

Greetings from Ohio! I hope that you are enjoying these last days of 2015. In this edition of “From the President”, I’d like to share my plans for the coming year.

Dopamine Lollipops: Dr. John Medina’s Brain Rules!

DR. JOHN J. MEDINA

In his high-energy closing plenary session at NASJE’s 2015 annual conference, Dr. John Medina did a terrific job of informing and involving attendees. He vividly demonstrated how to apply research on learning and memory to judicial branch education. The “brain rules” he shared are worth revisiting, so this article will touch back on them and direct you where to go for more.

VIDEO: Larry Stone receives Karen Thorson Award

Larry Stone

Larry Stone is the embodiment of the qualities the Karen Thorson Award recognizes: a deep, abiding positive influence on our organization and our profession. The award was presented to him at NASJE’s 2015 Annual Conference in Seattle (October 4-7).