This is my last letter to you as President of the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE). In July, Joseph Sawyer will take the reins as President at the NASJE/NACM Joint Conference.
I am truly honored to have served as NASJE’s President this past year and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the NASJE Board—one of the most dynamic, energetic, and forward thinking Boards I have ever experienced. It was a pleasure to represent you and NASJE at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Director’s meeting and at the live webinar on Professional Development for Court Leaders that NACM and NASJE developed and was conducted by our NASJE colleagues in Ohio. These opportunities provided a voice for NASJE and judicial branch educators to convey our message to other organizations and court employees about who we are, what we do, and how we can help.
Many exciting things have been happening with more still to come. One of the most obvious changes is the new look to NASJE’s Website and newsletter. A huge thank you goes to our Web and Technology Committee, Newsletter Committee, and to our Webmaster Steve Cicero for making this happen. The Website is easy to use, easy to update, and full of resources for NASJE members.
Our regional directors are busy keeping members informed and connected via Webinars, newsletters, and face-to-face meetings. I encourage all of you to get involved in your region. With dwindling resources, you just might find a “golden nugget” or resource that can help your state weather the fiscal storm in the coming years. Keeping in touch with educators within your region is a good way to stay connected to those in the business of judicial branch education. Over the years, I have found many “golden nuggets” and resources via the regional meetings and implemented them in my state.
I look forward to attending the NASJE/NACM Joint Conference in July. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for NASJE members and court administrators from around the country to connect and share resources and common goals in the training and education of judges and court staff.
Finally, I want to thank all of you who are chairing committees or serving as committee members. NASJE is a volunteer organization and would not be thriving without you.
“Those that can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” – Unknown