Free NJC Webcasts in June 2012
In 2012, The National Judicial College is webcasting excerpts of its courses in Reno, Nevada. Using WebEx meeting center, NJC will broadcast selected course segments live over the Internet. NJC chose the sessions because the subject matters “stand alone” and have wide appeal for judges. The webcasts are free, but you do need to register. You can watch the segment live or watch the recorded version which will be posted within 48 hours after the live version. Even if you plan to watch the webcast after its live broadcast, NJC recommends that you register to receive all materials and information.
Instructions to Register: Click on the link below, or type the address into your web browser. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you are registered. On the day of the webcast, you will be able to sign on 30 minutes early to check your connection. If you’ve never taken an NJC webcast before, NJC highly recommends that you sign in early. An Internet connection and a phone line will enable you to see video of the presenter, view a copy of any documents the presenter uses (such as PowerPoint slides), and hear the audio. If you have any trouble, call the NJC at 1-800-25-JUDGE.
June 2012 Sessions
Dealing with Challenging Personalities (1 hour)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Professor Kelly Tait, M.A., Nevada
Description: The Dealing with Challenging Personalities webcast is an adaptation of Professor Kelly Tait’s presentation in the National Judicial College’s Best Practices in Handling cases with Self-represented Litigants course. In this webcast, Professor Tait, a communications expert, will provide participants with tools to help recognize and effectively work with people with challenging personalities. Professor Tait will focus on situations involving people with challenging personalities that may arise at court proceedings/hearings and how to best handle these situations. After this session, participants will be able to identify categories of challenges that participants in the courtroom may present; summarize general strategies for handling challenging people; list ways not to get “hooked” by hostile and challenging people; and discuss alternatives for handling situations in court proceedings/hearings involving challenging people.
FREE Registration: http://tinyurl.com/7tgowrv
The 11 Hour Evidence Clock: A Framework for Ruling on Evidence (1 hour)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Hon. Daniel Ryan, 3rd Judicial Circuit Court, Michigan
Description: In this webcast, Judge Daniel Ryan, a long time faculty member at the National Judicial College, will present an excerpt from his four-hour evidence presentation in the National Judicial College’s Special Court Jurisdiction course. Judge Ryan will provide a general overview of the Federal Rules of Evidence as they relate to the “11 Hour Evidence Clock” and to four basic questions that trial judges need to ask when evaluating evidentiary issues. Judge Ryan will give participants a framework to identify the type of evidence before them and to rule on it with confidence. After this session, participants will be able to analyze and evaluate evidentiary issue that may come up in trial and find the answer to an evidentiary issue by identifying the applicable rule.
FREE Registration: http://tinyurl.com/76y38sh
Judicial Ethics (1 Hour)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Hon. Phyllis D. Kotey (Senior), Florida International University, Miami
Description: This webcast in an adaptation of Judge Kotey’s sessions on judicial ethics from NJC’s Special Court Jurisdiction and Special Courts Jurisdiction Advanced courses. Judge Kotey will review the Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct and how those canons govern judicial communication and conduct. After this session, participants will be able to use the Code of Judicial Conduct to distinguish between proper and improper judicial communication and conduct, as well as develop strategies to avoid improper judicial communication and conduct.
FREE Registration: http://tinyurl.com/7dzuevt
Goldberg v. Kelly: Casting a Long Shadow after 40 Years (1 hour)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Hon. Steven A. Wise, Iowa Workforce Development Department, Iowa
Description: In the Goldberg v. Kelly: Casting a Long Shadow after 40 Years webcast, Judge Steven Wise will provide a historical and legal analysis of one of the landmark cases in administrative law and constitutional law, Goldberg v. Kelly. The session is adapted from Judge Wise’s presentation in the National Judicial College’s Administrative Law Advanced course. Judge Wise will examine the factors and conditions leading up to the decision, the history of the case from filing to decision (including the forgotten companion case of Wheeler v. Montgomery), and its past and current impact in the fields of administrative law and constitutional law. After this session, participants will be able to recognize the factors and conditions that prompted the case of Goldberg v. Kelly; recall the history of Goldberg v. Kelly, including the forgotten California case of Wheeler v. Montgomery; and relate how the long shadow cast by Goldberg v. Kelly in the fields of administrative and constitutional law impacts current administrative practices.
FREE Registration: http://tinyurl.com/756vsg9
Character and Habit Evidence to Show Conformity (1 hour) (Rescheduled)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern)
Faculty: Hon. Scott Donaldson, Tuscaloosa Circuit Court, Alabama
Description: This webcast is an adaptation of Judge Scott Donaldson’s sessions on character and habit evidence from NJC’s Advanced Evidence course (which was held in May of 2012). The webcast will address the difference between character and habit evidence, as well as how and when character evidence is admissible for purposes of proving “conformity” – to show that a person acted consistently with a character trait at the time involved in the litigation.
FREE Registration: http://tinyurl.com/7adcjgy
NJC’s Online Library of Previously Recorded Webcasts
If the dates and times listed above don’t fit your schedule, you can view the recorded version of the webcasts on our website. They are usually available within 48 hours of the live broadcast. Go to www.judges.org and click on “Courses” and then on “Webcasts.” Alternately, you can go directly to:
Here are just a few examples of free recorded webcasts available right now on NJC's website:
Symposium on Scientific Evidence in Complex Civil Litigation
NHTSA Webcast: The Motorcycle Traffic Offender
Communication: Perceptions of Bias and Fairness
FMCSA Webcast: CDL: What Constitutes a Conviction