Director’s Message from Susan Morley
Dear Southeast Region Members,
As promised, this Fall newsletter is designed to update you and continue the tradition established last year by Marty Sullivan. Here in Florida, we are welcoming the end of hurricane season and, like many of you, preparing for the orientation of the many judges elected earlier this month! The latest NASJE News includes an interesting article on training strategies for new judges – and also has a new (interactive) look. A link to this resource is provided below, as well an update on the JBE curriculum development project.
If you attended the Fall Webinar sponsored by NASJE’s Western Region, you know that it was a terrific opportunity for those of us who missed the Annual Conference to learn about technologies that should become part of our education programming. We would like your feedback about possible topics for a Southeast Region webinar, as requested below.
Finally, I’m pleased to report that plans are in progress for a second annual mid-year, regional meeting for our Southeast members. Please see the possible dates below and respond at your earliest convenience, to let us know whether you can join us.
I will look forward to hearing from you, and wish you happy holidays and all the best as your 2010 program year concludes!
NASJE National Update
Two exciting NASJE projects are complete or nearing completion this month. First, thanks to the work of Phil Schopick, Editor of the NASJE News, with the Newsletter and Website and Technology Committees (and Steve Cicero), the NASJE News has a new look. The updated layout is based on the “WordPress” shareware demonstrated at last Spring’s Western Region Web Conference, a format which not only will facilitate your searches of archived information, but also permits reader comments. Please take a minute to visit the newsletter page at http://nasje.org/ , and let Phil know what you think.
NASJE’s Curriculum Design Committee is also moving toward completion of its first group of curriculum designs for judicial branch educators. Based on NASJE’s 11 Core Competencies for JBE, this three-year project is being funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute. This month, the Board is scheduled to review the Committee’s drafts of the first three selected competency areas, which include:
- Developing and Implementing Curriculum and Program Development
- Faculty Development
- Leadership, Visioning, Organizational Planning, and Building and Maintaining Support for Judicial Branch Education
Watch for details regarding these important new resources soon!
The October 22 “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Law: Application to Judicial Education” web event sponsored by NASJE’s Western Region was well-attended, and generated lots of good discussion. Unfortunately, due to the technical arrangements utilized for this particular session, we are unable to make a recording available at this time. We will continue to work on this, but in the meantime would like to explore the possibility of holding a webinar or two for our region this year. Do you have an idea for a particular topic? Would you like to see a “repeat” of the October 22 presentation? Please take a moment to call or email me if you have suggestions for a 2011 web conference.
Mid-year Southeast Meeting?
A number of you have expressed interest in holding an in-person meeting of our region’s members again this year. I am happy to report that Wally Lowery, Alabama’s Assistant Director of the Education and Planning, has once again offered to facilitate this by combining our event with programming they already have scheduled. Thanks to our Alabama members, we would not need to secure meeting space or a hotel contract in order to hold a mid-year meeting, and attendee expenses would be limited to travel, lodging, and food. This is a great opportunity to re-connect, especially for those of us who missed the NASJE Summer conference.
Three potential dates and locations are available to us:
- March 3-4 – Huntsville
- April 7-8 – Birmingham
- May 5-6 – Mobile
Before we continue planning, we need to know whether members will be able to attend and are available on any of these dates. Please click this link (password: nasje) to indicate dates when you would be available, or considerations that will prevent your attendance (schedule, budget, other) this year. This form also includes space for your suggested topics, speakers and meeting activities.
Please submit your response by December 6….and thank you to our Alabama members for their generous offer!!