NASJE: National Association of State Judicial Educators
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NASJENews Quarterly • Fall 2008 Volume 23 • Number 4
Memorial Service for Paul M. Li, First Director of CJER
Judicial Balance: Lessons for Law and Life
New Resource on Continuity of Operations for Courts
SJI News
From the President
Picture this: Strategies for communicating data to decision makers
  The judicial branch, including judicial education, is heavily dependent upon both the availability of reliable data and the capacity of key decision makers to make sound decisions using that data. As a judicial educator, you probably work with multiple groups of stakeholders to make important decisions related to judicial education programs and services. Have you recently asked a group of stakeholders to make decisions about program offerings based on enrollments? more >
Does Transformational Learning have a place in judicial education?
  Professional developers are constantly seeking effective and efficient strategies to enhance learning. This is especially true for judicial educators from across the US as I found out in August at the NASJE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Called upon to present a session on recent perspectives on Transformative Learning and its place in professional development, I outlined recent writings on theory and practical strategies and engaged the session participants in discussing applications to their practice.  more >
Evaluating Judicial Education and Judicial Education Organizations: A Practical Guide for Measuring Courts’ Performance
  Judicial organizations face increasing pressures to objectively demonstrate programmatic effectiveness and efficiencies. As a consequence, courts must prove that resources devoted to judicial branch education actually yield demonstrable, desirable outcomes. With increasing incidence, courts’ inability to do so subjects courts’ policy makers and judicial educators to critical public scrutiny and terminated funding. This paper describes practical and affordable methods by which courts can determine what programs should be evaluated and how to evaluate them.  more >
Court Security: A New Frontier For Judicial Educators
  A shooting had occurred in Atlanta. CNN had relayed the information to my office. I immediately phoned CNN. Yes, there have been several people murdered inside the Fulton County courthouse. Within minutes my office was deluged with national media wanting to discuss this unthinkable tragedy. Judge Rowland Barnes and court reporter Julie Ann Brandau were murdered as they sat in a Fulton County courtroom. The assailant overpowered a deputy while on the way to court. more >
Thiagi Newsletter
  Links to the latest issues of the Thiagi Gameletter -- seriously fun activities for trainers, facilitators, performance consultants, and managers. more >
GET IT WRITE: To Split or Not to Split Infinitives?
  Most of us were taught (if we were taught grammar at all) never to split infinitives, but writers have been splitting them anyway—even long before the creators of the Star Trek series provided us with the often-quoted phrase “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Those of us who were taught that the split infinitive is anathema might well benefit from examining the origins of this rule and considering cases where we might, with good reason, be excused for ignoring it. more >
GET IT WRITE: Using the Verb Include to Preface a List

We should use the verb include to preface a list that is not exhaustive—that is, one naming only a limited number of the items that could possibly be named in the particular context. We should use the appropriate form of the verb to be (e.g., is/are, was/were, will be, has/have been) to preface a list that is exhaustive—that is, one naming all of the items that are possible to name in the particular context.   more >

Conference Review
Working the Planning Table for Judicial Education
  In the opening plenary session Dr. Ronald Cervero encouraged judicial educators to plan responsibly for judicial education by thinking politically.  more >
Education as a Strategic Leadership Tool
  Elizabeth Evans, education administrator for the Trial Courts of Maricopa County in Arizona, discussed how her office looks at education more broadly than a training function by pairing strategic planning and education.  more >
Plenary Session
  Almost everyone in the room had heard parts of the story. Those that sat through the previous night’s movie knew most of the facts, at least those facts as seen through the eyes of Moises Kaufman, who wrote and directed The Laramie Project, the 2002 movie about the murder.  more >
Live and Let Live? A Facilitated Discussion of the Film The Laramie Project
  Movies can reach viewers at their cores, creating the potential for a deeper understanding of issues and perspectives. In looking at how film can be used to teach diversity issues in judicial education sessions, participants at NASJE’s 2008 Annual Conference joined in a facilitated discussion of The Laramie Project.  more >
The Role of Judicial Educators Assisting Foreign Language Interpreters
  Franny M. Haney, Manager of Judicial Branch Education in the Administrative Office of the Courts in Delaware and the Director of Delaware’s Certified Interpreters’ Program and Catalina J. Natalini, a Certified Interpreter also from Delaware presented information and facts on using certified interpreters in court. more >
Model Curriculum Demonstration: Offering a Successful Self-Represented Litigant Program
  The Courtroom Curriculum introduced at a National Judicial Conference on Leadership, Education and Courtroom Best Practices in Self-Represented Litigation at Harvard in 2007 was modeled by Judge Karen Adams in “Offering a Successful Self Represented Litigant Program.”  more >
Experiential Education in Action
  A lively session on experiential education was conducted by Maggie Cimino, CJER Supervising Education Specialist, at NASJE’s 2008 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The benefits of interactive learning and many experiential learning techniques were illuminated through a series of activities and discussions  more >
Model Curriculum Demonstration II: Office for Victims of Crime, JEP Module Curriculum
  Ms.Trudy Gregorie, Ms. Denise Dancy and Mr. Kevin Bowling were all present to unveil a new educational tool for judges and court personnel as well as other professionals who seek to improve the treatment of crime victims throughout the court and probation processes.  more >
Continuing the Dialogue
  On March 18, 2008, Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a major speech on race and race relations, “A More Perfect Union.” The speech attempted to capture the complexity of race and racism and asked every American to continue a dialogue on race.  more >
Technology as a Learning Tool
  As judicial educators, we all know that the use of technology in the classroom has become ubiquitous. Unfortunately, technology does not always enhance an educational presentation. During the recent NASJE annual conference in August, I had the opportunity to discuss the effective use of classroom technology.  more >
The Interrelationship of Professional and Personal Growth
  Is the boundary between your professional work and personal life becoming blurred? Have you stopped addressing your own need for professional growth and development? Dr. Cathy Zeph from Loyola University discussed these and other issues facing professionals in a complex world in the closing plenary of the NASJE Annual Conference.  more >

NASJE Newsletter Committee

Philip J. Schopick (OH)
Manager's Briefcase
Deborah Williamson (KY)
Adult Education
Kelly Tait (NV)
Partnering and Collaboration
Lee Ann Barnhardt (ND)
Court Personnel Education
Margaret R. Allen (OH)
Transition to the Bench
Josephine Deyo (FL)
Cutting Edges
Daphne A. Burns (NJC)
Voices from the Past
Judith Anderson (WA)
Juvenile and Family Law
Cheryl Lyngar (NCJFCJ)
Web Developer
Steve Circeo

Guest Editors
Judicial Perspective
Hon. David Gersten
Ellen Marshall
Communities of Practice
Maureen Conner
Problem-Solving Courts
Polly Schnaper