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.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), as part of the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, a service of the Children’s Bureau, developed A Guide to Conducting Effective Training Evaluations: Recommendations, Strategies and Tools for Dependency Court Improvement Programs. The Guide assists in identifying training needs, developing training methodologies and evaluation tools, and assessing training outcomes.
Well, the annual conference of the National Association of State Judicial Educators is upon us. To those of you who will be in Chicago next week for the conference, I want to say that I look forward to seeing you there.…
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.
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.
Dr. Pat Murrell has retired after setting a continuing standard of excellence in judicial branch education.
Please join us in welcoming new NASJE members and acknowledging transitions of current members.