Education and Training


The Center's educational programs reached more than 2,000 federal judge participants, 7,300 court staff participants, and 1,100 federal defenders and their staff in 2007 (see tables on page 8). Programs for judges, federal defenders, and court unit executives are typically presented in person to facilitate discussion of substantive, procedural, and case-management issues.

The Center uses a variety of distance learning methodologies to deliver most programs for court staff, including Web conferences with audio components, e-learning, satellite broadcasts on the Federal Judicial Television Network (FJTN), and programs taught in the courts with instructor and participant materials provided by the Center. Some workshops for managers and supervisors are delivered in person.

The Center also produced twenty-one new programs for broadcast on the FJTN and five new video programs for use in other education and training programs. (FJTN viewership is not included in the participant figures above, nor are the use of educational publications and other resources on FJC Online, the Center's site on the judicial branch's intranet).

Education Programs and Resources for Judges and for Legal Staff

In 2007, the Center conducted orientation seminars for new district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges; national workshops for bankruptcy and magistrate judges; conferences in several circuits for district and circuit judges together; a national conference for chief district judges; and special-focus seminars tailored to the needs of particular judge participants.

Audio recordings of many of these programs are available on FJC Online. The Center also provided faculty to teach several programs delivered in-district upon request from the district's chief judge.

Most of the national workshops and circuit conferences featured sessions on judicial ethics, new developments in information technology, and selected cases from the 2006-2007 Supreme Court term. The programs for chief district judges, magistrate judges, and bankruptcy judges included updates from Administrative Office staff on legislative and operational matters.

Education and training highlights in 2007 The launch of FJC Online. The Center posted several new resources for judges on FJC Online, including Safeguarding Personal Information in Electronic Transcripts, which provides a written explanation of the Judicial Conference's privacy policy, a sample advisory for the court to read to the parties, and a copy of the policy; Terrorism Cases: Case-Management Challenges, which includes case studies, selected orders and other case documents, statutes, and Center resources; and streaming video of new FJTN programs and streaming audio of selected sessions from in-person workshops. Also posted were two new e-learning programs on ethics and the Code of Conduct: Everyday Ethics: A Matter of Choice for probation and pretrial services officers and staff, and Avoiding Ethics Pitfalls for judicial assistants and clerk's office employees. Educational initiatives for judges on the Crime Victims' Rights Act. The Center distributes its 2005 paper on the Act to new district and magistrate judges at its orientation workshops. The paper, which is also on FJC Online, examines the Act's key provisions, its application at various stages of criminal proceedings, potential issues that may arise under it, and cases that have applied it. A video, The Rights of Crime Victims, was prepared for broadcast viewing on the FJTN in 2008. The video examines the requirements of the Act and how it has affected the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; the video also includes a segment in which judges, prosecutors, and victims' rights coordinators who have dealt with crime victims pursuant to the Act describe their experiences. Development of information technology (IT) training programs for judges. At the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Information Technology and in coordination with the Administrative Office, the Center convened a conference on effective uses of IT for judges. The 31 appellate, district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judge participants identified and evaluated new IT resources for judges and examined how best to make judges aware of, and educated in the use of, these technologies. Also, at the request of the chair of the IT committee, the Center facilitated a roundtable discussion on IT issues confronting federal courts during the National Center for State Courts' Court Technology Conference.

Chief district judges also engaged in roundtable discussions of legal and case-management issues, received an update on the implementation of demonstrably effective practices in defendant and offender supervision, and examined post-Booker...

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