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.
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...