In his compelling book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi builds a compelling case about inequality in the American criminal justice system, charging that one’s wealth or lack thereof largely affects how one fares in it. Mr. Taibbi demonstrates convincingly how and why Wall Street bankers, traders and hedge fund operators have never been convicted of crimes for their roles in the 2008 recession — and it isn’t pretty.
Judicial educators create opportunities for transformative education that strengthens the administration of justice. One of the most important and valuable transformations we can facilitate is that from new hire to supervisor, manager, executive and beyond. It is just this sort of defined career pathway that attracts bright and justice-oriented individuals to a career in the courts.
NASJE members can check out the webinar “Format and Functionality of Bench Books in the Age of Technology”, originally held on July 22, 2015, through a link in the member area.
Here are a couple of calls for proposals for upcoming conferences related to the Courts. If you have a great presentation, why not share? 2016 COURT SAFETY & SECURITY CONFERENCE The conference will be held March 1-3, 2016, in Appleton, Wisconsin. The…
Registration forms — both online and mail-in — and the current session schedule and descriptions are now available. See you in Seattle!
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.
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.
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.
The NASJE Board reviewed the feedback given in Chicago and is proposing a new mission and vision statement for your consideration. Please email your comments to Lee Ann Barnhardt by April 10.
NASJE President Kelly Tait talks about the annual conference, webcasts, NASJE News, and the new Member Only Area.
We are excited to announce the completion of NASJE’s newest curriculum design! The history of this effort began when NASJE undertook, with support from State Justice Institute (SJI), the task of developing a comprehensive set of curriculum designs to advance the profession of judicial branch education based on core competency areas.
The Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs has just updated the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings.