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 The Core tag line, Strengthening Court…

From the President (Fall 2014)

NASJE President Kelly Tait

“What do you want your legacy to be?” I started getting this rather intimidating question during my year as NASJE’s president-elect. It made me feel each time as if someone had just said “You’re It!” in a game of tag … and it made me think.

Conducting Effective Training through Careful Evaluation

A Guide to Conducting Effective Training Evaluations: Recommendations, Strategies and Tools for Dependency Court Improvement Programs

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.

Fruitvale Station: A Review and Discussion

Fruitvale Station

by Nancy Smith, Field Trainer, Pima County Superior Court, Tucson The film Fruitvale Station is a film any judicial educator could use as a basis for a serious discussion of racism in America. The film illustrates the chasms that separate…

Updates from the 2014 NASJE Annual Conference

Toni Halleen, JD, presenting the Wednesday, August 6 Plenary Session: Think on the Spot: Effectiveness Under Pressure.

The 2014 NASJE Annual Conference is underway. Check here for pictures and updates from the conference.   Wednesday, August 6 The 2014 NASJE Annual Conference is wrapping up with a plenary session by Toni Halleen, JD, in which attendees are exploring how…

From the Editor

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.…

From the President (Spring 2014)

NASJE President Jill Goski

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.

Looking Back to Look Forward

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.