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Judicial Education in Illinois



2013–2014 Judicial Education Events

General information about 2013–2014 Judicial Education events is shown below by month. Click on an event name for an overview of the seminar. For additional information, contact the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Judicial Education Division, at (312) 793-2125 or 2011,  or via email at juded_events@illinoiscourts.gov. If you have an interest in serving as either a member of a benchbook writing team, or judicial faculty for future judicial education events, please complete the Judicial Education Volunteer Form.

 

ONLINE JUDICIAL EDUCATION REGISTRATION
Illinois Judges may register for any of the events below online through the Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Portal and Conference Management Application (CMA). Registration restrictions do apply. Please see registration details for each event, including whether the submission of an Authorization Form from the Chief Circuit Judge for associate and circuit judges is required.

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    September 2013
  • Faculty Development Workshop
    September 17 – 18, 2013
  • Workshop Overview
    The 2013 Faculty Development Workshop is a two day workshop that will provide an opportunity for the 2014 Education Conference faculty to review adult learning theories and engage in learning activities that will enhance facilitation and presentation skills, and develop instructional strategies that will lead to effective and successful judicial presentations. Faculty will also have the opportunity to meet by track on day two of the Workshop.


    October 2013

  • Appellate Court Conference
    October 7 – 8, 2013
  • Conference Overview
    The 2013 Conference will feature a special presentation presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum entitled Law, Justice, and the Holocaust - How the Courts Failed Germany. The annual meeting of the Appellate Court is also held during the Appellate Court Conference.
     


  • 2nd Annual Access to Justice Conference
    October 23, 2013
  • Conference Overview
    The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice will convene its Second Annual Conference on Access to Justice in Chicago on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The theme of the Conference will be the State of Pro Bono in Illinois. The Conference keynote speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The Conference will also feature panels that provide brief history on existing pro bono programs, current trends and the relevant Supreme Court Rules as well as address court-based innovative pro bono programs, ways courts can encourage more pro bono and lawyers can get involved in such efforts and engage with participants about additional ways to expand pro bono to meet growing access to justice needs in Illinois courts.


  • Annual Meeting of the Illinois Judicial Conference
    October 24, 2013
  • Conference Overview
    The Annual meeting of the Illinois Judicial Conference is constitutionally mandated to assist in the improvement of the administration of justice in Illinois.


    November 2013

  • Genomics for Judges
    November 14 – 15, 2013
  • Seminar Overview
    Genomics for Judges will present breakthrough developments in genomic biology and the impact of these developments on ethical, legal, and social issues. This Seminar will enable Illinois jurists to learn about genomic biology and will encourage understanding of its societal implications through lectures, discussion and demonstrations by leading biologists, legal scholars and public intellectuals.


  • Public Health Law and Science: A Seminar for Judges
    November 21 – 22, 2013
  • Seminar Overview
    The threats our nation faces from infectious diseases, whether resulting from natural causes or bioterrorism, are matters of serious concern. Preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease requires the action of some very obvious public health partners, e.g. public health practitioners, physicians and hospitals. However, the courts will play a critical role in infectious disease control when called up to adjudicate disputes and balance the rights of individuals against the need to protect the public's health. This seminar has been designed to prepare judges to effectively adjudicate such cases and to serve as resources of legal and scientific information in the event that neighboring courts are called upon to address public health-related matters.

    *CJ Authorization Form is required


    December 2013

  • New Judge Seminar
    December 9 – 13, 2013
  • Seminar Overview
    Newly elected and appointed judges are required to attend New Judge Seminar, a five-day orientation and training held annually. New judges receive an in-depth introduction to judicial ethics and conduct, as well as substantive and procedural topics. Some of the topics to be addressed include criminal law and procedure, civil motion practice and trial practice, family law, juvenile law, mental health considerations and issues relating to the management of DUI cases. Materials will be posted on the Illinois Judicial Portal.


    January 2014

  • Education Conference 2014
    January 27 – 31, 2014 & April 7 – 11, 2014
  • Conference Overview
    Education Conference is the primary vehicle through which minimum continuing judicial education hours are fulfilled. Judges are afforded the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics in a flexible conference format. The sessions offered vary in length and type, based on the scope and complexity of the topic.


    April 2014

  • Education Conference 2014
    January 27 – 31, 2014 & April 7 – 11, 2014
  • Conference Overview
    Education Conference is the primary vehicle through which minimum continuing judicial education hours are fulfilled. Judges are afforded the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics in a flexible conference format. The sessions offered vary in length and type, based on the scope and complexity of the topic.


    May 2014

  • DUI/Traffic Issues Seminar
    May, 2014
  • Seminar Overview
    This two day regional seminar will focus on critical issues and cases relating to driving under the influence, from arrest to sentencing. The 2014 Seminar is funded, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Traffic Safety, Section 405 Highway Safety Funds.

    *CJ Authorization Form is required


Judicial Education Programs

Information about Judicial Education Programs

Under the authority of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Judicial Education Division of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts coordinates and manages judicial education events in partnership with the Appellate Court Administrative Committee, the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Education, the Judicial Mentor Committee, the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Justice and Mental Health Planning, the Special Supreme Court Committee on Capital Cases, Divisions of the Administrative Office and other entities approved by the Court.


EDUCATION CONFERENCE
In 2000, the Supreme Court reinstated the large conference format to provide a wide range of judicial education and professional development activities for associate, circuit and appellate judges. The Education Conference is presented twice in alternate years, with half the state’s judges participating in the first session and the other half in a second session. In 2008, the Conference was expanded to a 30 hour curriculum and became the primary vehicle for the fulfillment of minimum continuing judicial education hours. Full attendance and participation in the 30 hour Conference meets the continuing judicial education obligations of Illinois judges, as established by the Supreme Court.


Regional Seminars
Regional seminars are two-day judicial education events that provide opportunities for detailed study of a selected topic.
Mini Seminars
Mini seminars are one-day judicial education events that provide study and discussion of specific substantive and procedural topics in a condensed time period.

CAPITAL LITIGATION SEMINAR
To insure the highest degree of judicial competency, Supreme Court Rule 43 requires judges who may preside over a capital case to attain certification every two years through participation in a Supreme Court approved Capital Litigation Seminar.

APPELLATE COURT CONFERENCE
The Appellate Court Administrative Committee studies and recommends methods to improve the processing of appeals. The Committee also plans the annual Appellate Court Conference, attended by Appellate Court Judges, Clerks and Research Directors. The Conference serves as a forum for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the specific concerns of the Appellate bench. The annual meeting of the Appellate Court is held during the Conference.

LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING WORKSHOP
While most of the training coordinated by the Judicial Education Division is for the benefit of the judiciary, the Court recognizes the need for non-judicial court personnel to receive training as well. Accordingly, a Legal Research and Writing Workshop for the benefit of all Appellate and Supreme Court Law Clerks, Research Directors and Research Attorneys will be offered October 28th and 29th, 2010 in Springfield, and by videoconference in Chicago. Workshop faculty will provide an overview of judicial opinion writing and updates to U.S. and Illinois Supreme Court cases. In addition, they will review the Style Manual of the Appellate and Supreme Courts and offer helpful tips for online legal research.

PEER JUDGE MENTOR TRAINING
The Judicial Mentor Committee, in partnership with the Administrative Office, coordinates training and certification for New and Peer Judge Mentors. New Judge Mentors are assigned to judges who have been on the bench less than one year, while Peer Judge Mentors are assigned to judges with more than one year of judicial experience who have self-referred or received a referral from their Chief Circuit Judge. Mentors for both new and peer judge mentees are nominated by Chief Circuit Judges and approved by the Judicial Mentor Committee. Both New and Peer Judge Mentors must participate in training prior to receiving certification. The first training of Peer Judge Mentors was held November 18, 2010 in Springfield at the Administrative Office.

NEW JUDGE SEMINAR
Newly elected and appointed judges are required by the Supreme Court to attend the New Judge Seminar, a five-day orientation held annually. New judges receive an in-depth introduction to judicial ethics and conduct as well as substantive and procedural law.

ADVANCED JUDICIAL ACADEMY
The Advanced Judicial Academy offers an opportunity for judges to critically consider the intersect of law and society and judicial decision-making in a casual university setting. The focus of the Academy is rooted in the desire to understand evolving and dynamic social perspectives of, and relevant outcomes associated with, existing law; to gain insights drawn from literature; and, to build greater personal and professional understandings through shared ideas and experiences.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
Faculty Development is an opportunity for existing and prospective judicial faculty to review adult learning theories and practices; enhance facilitation and presentation skills, including the use of PowerPoint and TurningPoint technology; and develop instructional strategies leading to effective and successful judicial education programs.