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Judicial Educators and the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

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.

Sedona Conference Announces Publication and Webinar

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.

Building Trust and Confidence through Model Court Websites & Signage

model courtroom signage What To Expect

The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center partnered with the Center for Court Innovation and Emily LaGratta (now of LaGratta Consulting LLC) to develop the “Texas Municipal Courts Face of Justice” project to advance the conversation around how courts can implement procedural justice. The project examined two often-hidden touchpoints that many courts have with the public: first, court websites, and second, courthouse walls. Each presents opportunity for court leadership to prioritize fairness and ensure that the court’s messaging to the court users and the public at large are consistent with the messages delivered by the professionals who work there.

Does Anyone Know How to Fly This Thing?

In a few long months, I feel like all the things I’ve generally relied on as certainties are, well, uncertain. As an educator, what can we say right now? Who are we? We are flying turbulent skies, in an old plane, over enemy territory, at night, upside down, and the flight manual just fell out the window. That’s what it FEELS like, right?

An ICM First: A Virtual Course Offering

In the midst of the pandemic, ICM is breaking new ground by offering its first-ever blended online course. The course, Public Relations, is designed to help court managers communicate effectively with the public, justice partners and judges and court staff.

Why Managers should use their ‘three brains’ to Make Decisions

Leaders making difficult choices should learn whether to listen to their head, heart or gut feeling, says Karlien Vanderheyden.

‘My head is saying one thing, my heart is saying another.’ A common cliché bandied around when making a tough decision. With business leaders and managers having to make fast, difficult choices on a daily basis, the struggle between what their head is saying and what their heart is saying is likely to be all too familiar.

Meet NASJE Member Isabel Alvarez Galeano

Welcome to Isabel Alvarez Galeano of Connecticut! What was your path to judicial education? Early in my career with Judicial as a Child Support Enforcement Officer, I was part of their outreach program where I went to the community to…

Margaret Allen is 2019 Thorson Award Honoree

Margaret Allen receives NASJE’s Karen Thorson Award from President Dr. Anthony Simones at the 2019 NASJE Annual Conference

Margaret R. Allen of the National Center for State Courts was announced as the 2019 Karen Thorson Award winner at NASJE’s Annual Conference in October in Denver. The Thorson award goes to a NASJE member who has made a significant contribution to both NASJE and judicial branch education nationally and is NASJE’s highest recognition of excellence and contributions to the field of judicial branch education. The award’s eponym, Ms. Karen Thorson, was the first recipient in 2012.

The Great Jury Conversion: From User Manual to User Friendly

Since the Business Education & Support Unit (BESU) was created in 2013, we’ve worked to continuously improve statewide education and training materials for Minnesota Judicial Branch employees, judicial officers, and the public. Over the last two years, the BESU took on the task of converting a decades old user manual to a more user-friendly format.

Nominations Sought for NASJE Officers

At the annual conference in October, NASJE’s newest Board members will be sworn into office. Candidates are recommended by the membership to NASJE’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Lee Ann Barnhardt. Other committee members (representatives from each region) include Allison Gallo (Delaware), Ben Barham (Arkansas), Tom Langhorne (Utah), and Margaret Allen (Ohio). Ms. Barnhardt also serves on the Diversity, Fairness and Access Committee, and all committee members are tasked with promoting diversity of the slate of candidates. The committee will be reaching out to the membership requesting recommendations for individuals who might serve in NASJE leadership positions.

Two Webinars for NASJE Members Announced

On July 17 and July 30, 2019, NASJE’s International and Diversity, Fairness, and Access committees are sponsoring webinars available to all NASJE members. Information on the webinars is below, registration is available on the members only page.

NJC and JSI Release Science Bench Book for Judges, Offer Webcasts

Science Benchbook for Judges

Judges are the guardians of our system of justice, but forensic developments in the last 50 years have made their jobs significantly harder. However, judges do not need to become scientists in order to make appropriate evidentiary decisions about scientific evidence. Rather, they need to have a detailed understanding of their role in admitting scientific evidence. To achieve this, the National Judicial College and the Justice Speakers Institute are pleased to present a new online resource, Science Bench Book for Judges, to assist judges in making their rulings.