Save the date! The 2014 NASJE Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, August 3-6, 2014. Conference topics will include: the Fundamentals course; NASJE Curriculum Designs; Diversity Education; Leadership & Court Staff Development; Experiential Learning: Exploring Chicago’s Social Movement History; and more.
I’ve always been amazed at how much NASJE as a small professional organization accomplishes. However, until I joined the Board, much of the work and contributions were invisible and I didn’t realize what it takes to sustain NASJE and keep it flourishing into the future. My hope is that through a periodic update from the President, the work of the Board and efforts of NASJE members will be more visible. This update provides only a sample of the tremendous contributions over the past few months.
Over the past several months, the NASJE Board has been moving toward starting a strategic planning process. In February at the Mid-Year Meeting, the Board spent a day with Karen Thorson doing some exercises to start assessing where NASJE is as an organization, where we might want to go in terms of a strategic direction, and possibilities for how to get there.
With state budgets shrinking, many judicial educators are looking for additional sources of funding to supplement their programs. This Spring 1999 article, Fund-Raising Questions for Judicial Educators by Krista Johns, gives some practice advice on what to know before making an ask or applying for a grant.
Chad Schmucker, the State Court Administrator of Michigan, has been chosen to be the eighth president of the National Judicial College. He follows in the footsteps of V. Robert Payant who served as the sixth president of the NJC from 1990-1998 and was also was the State Court Administrator in Michigan.
The following pre-conference sessions have been scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2014: Fundamentals of our Profession, A seat at the table: positioning Judicial Branch Education for success within the branch, Forum for State Directors of Judicial Branch Education.