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From the President (Summer 2015)

Kelly Tait

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Creating Presence in the Age of Continual Change: Judicial Educators Leading the Edge

Dr. Maureen Conner

In 1995, I wrote an article for NASJE News titled “Creating Presence”. I heard from many colleagues about how helpful the concepts were in establishing the importance of education in the courts. Now, two decades later, creating presence is even more important. External forces that will not abate increasingly drive contemporary change. Directly meeting the challenges of change with a clear vision and unified voice is required to thrive in what will likely be a very exciting and frustrating time.

Diane Cowdrey: Navigating Judicial Education in Great Change

Diane Cowdrey

The NASJE Communications Committee will endeavor to periodically feature a spotlight on a NASJE member who has demonstrated tremendous efforts while “Navigating Judicial Education in Great Change.” The Committee members have voted to highlight NASJE member Diane Cowdrey (CA) who led the restructuring of the Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER) during the meltdown of the economy and the fiscal crisis for California’s judicial branch beginning in early 2008. Diane is the Director of CJER, in the Operations and Programs Division, Judicial Council of California.

From the President (Spring 2015)

NASJE President Kelly Tait

A lot has been going on with the Board and many of our committees. One very recent change is that we have a new Board member. Cynthia Davis, our Southeastern Region Director, has stepped down due to some family priorities. I have appointed Dan Rettig, Senior Attorney in the Florida OSCA Court Education office, as the new Southeastern Region Director. Members of the Southeastern Region will be hearing from Dan soon.

My Experience with the Mentor Program

Dr. Anthony Simones, second from left, with Lee Ann Barnhardt, third from left. Photo by Margaret Allen.

Even though I had known success in other arenas, I was new to the field of judicial education, so it seemed I could benefit from regular conversations and consultations with someone experienced in a similar job. I agreed to be assigned a mentor, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

How Judicial Educators Can Create “Presence” Within the Judicial Branch

On February 11, 2015, former NASJE President Karen Thorson presented a webcast about how state judicial educators can create a sense of presence within the judicial branch and ensure that the educator’s voice is heard when speaking to authority. Her presentation focused on three main questions: 1) What is presence?, 2) Why is it valuable, and 3) How do you earn it?

The MacArthur Foundation’s Safety + Justice Challenge

Safety + Justice Challenge

The MacArthur Foundation just released its newest criminal justice initiative for jurisdictions to apply for grants to improve justice systems—especially as it relates to jail populations. This is an extremely important initiative as MacArthur plans to invest $75 million over…

The Core is Live!

Core - Strengthening Court Professionals

The National Association for Court Management is pleased to announce the final update of its core competencies – The Core. Through the support of the State Justice Institute (SJI), the Core is now available at nacmcore.org. The Core tag line, Strengthening Court…