NASJE President Janice Calvi issued a special announcement recently, whereby the 2020 NASJE Annual Conference is postponed for one year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers has been producing monthly webinars since April 2020. Subjects have included “The Power of Civility, Decency, and Humility in Leading Courts” and “Preparing for 2021: Key Questions Court Leadership Teams Should Be Asking”.
As I reflect upon the past and present years in my role as NASJE’s President, I think of the adage, “we may all be in the same storm, but we do not all have the same boat.” This may be a novel concept for some, but for us it’s very much how we weather the storms we face daily. Some navigate ocean liners or captain luxury yachts; others row boats or paddle life rafts, while a few of us make dangerous passage in a leaky “Father’s Day,” but despite our differences we somehow all manage to navigate perilous waters. Just when blue skies and smooth sailing seemed to be in our future, COVID-19 created the perfect storm and challenged our navigational skills.
The judicial education world has lost a giant. Judge Peggy Fulton Hora, a global leader in the field of judicial education and a pioneering leader in the development of Drug Treatment Courts, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020. As the first woman judge in South Alameda County (California), Judge Hora led the effort to establish the second Drug Treatment Court in the USA. She was one of the founding members of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) in 1994. In 1999, she co-authored a landmark article published in the Notre Dame Law Journal, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Drug Treatment Court Movement: Revolutionizing the Criminal Justice System’s Response to Drug Abuse and Crime in America.”
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NASJE’s Education and Curriculum Committee, is excited to offer a November Zoominar! The event will be held Friday, November 6, 2020, @ 2:00 Eastern. For this Zoominar, Juli Edwards-McDaniel and Allison Gallo will host a discussion on the topic of “Is There Anybody Out There?: Tips for Engaging a Virtual Audience”.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic exposed an interesting truth about planning and delivering educational events: we sometimes take the process for granted. Judicial educators often focus their creative talents and energies on updating and refining the training itself, while defaulting to established templates and procedures when it comes to registration, setup, and other logistics. Earlier this year, the default plan went away for the Education Services Division at the Arizona Supreme Court, so here is what we did to meet the need for leadership training. Educators and faculty involved in the Arizona ICM program tell the story through their own words.
The day after the passing of Congressman John Robert Lewis I read his posthumous letter, “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation,” a call to action during this moment of racial turbulence. In this moment there is much we can do to address racial inequities starting by educating ourselves and others. I believe diversity expert Eddie Moore Jr.’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit- Building Challenge, now adapted by the American Bar Association, can improve our knowledge about the relationship between race, power, privilege, white supremacy, oppression and the justice system.
The Sedona Conference is pleased to announce the publication of The Sedona Conference Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary, Third Edition (“Judicial Resources”). This publication, available free for individual download, provides state and federal trial judges with a comprehensive but easy-to-follow guide to eDiscovery case management. Readers may obtain their free copy of the Judicial Resources at the The Sedona Conference website.