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Joseph Sawyer: Navigating Judicial Education in Great Change

Joseph Sawyer

If you don’t understand the technology, buy a book or take a class—don’t allow the fear to take over. Throw yourself into whatever resources are available. In order to be successful in our roles, we all must be lifelong learners and experience the merge of technology with education and understand how to turn a classroom training into an online model, while tailoring it to the nuances of the judicial branch.

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.

Technology in the Courts

Utah Courts Website

The use of technology has become progressively more important to the efficient operations of courts nationwide. In Utah, the administrative office of the courts began seeking ways for the use of technology to increase court efficiency as far back as the early 1990s.

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?

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…

You Say Potato: A Curriculum Corner Crossword

Crossword Puzzle

For any occupation, a shared language helps define and guide its work. Establishing terms of art provides clarity and precision to members’ conversations and allows for more constructive discussion of the challenges that judicial branch educators face. This crossword puzzle is designed…

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Educators Play Key Role In Court Planning

BlastFromThePast

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.

Building a Bridge to Good Customer Service

Managers Briefcase

Court employees must provide good customer service, especially in light of the link between funding and how citizens feel about their courts. Good customer service translates into better overall feelings about the courts, and better overall feelings can translate into adequate funding.

Blast from the Past: Conference Security Still an Issue

BlastFromThePast

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.

Blast from the Past: Self-Directed Learning

BlastFromThePast

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.