Other Events of Interest
International Conference on Court Excellence 2016, 28-29 January 2016, Singapore
As we advance into the first quarter of the 21st century, judiciaries worldwide are preparing themselves to meet the opportunities and challenges
that are being presented to them. The International Conference on Court Excellence 2016 will be held in Singapore from 28 - 29 January 2016,
and brings together judicial officers, court administrators, and experts to share perspectives on the latest trends and developments in court administration.
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Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to Methodology
The University of Missouri Law School held an international symposium entitled "Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to Methodology." The articles from this symposium are now available on http://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/all_issues.html and will shortly be up on Westlaw and LexisNexis. For those who might be interested in specific subjects, I have included the table of contents below as well as a description of the symposium issue as a whole.
- - Judicial Education and Regulatory Capture: Does the Current System of Educating Judges Promote a Well-Functioning Judiciary and Adequately Serve the Public Interest? - S.I. Strong
- - What Judges Want and Need: User-Friendly Foundations for Effective Judicial Education Circuit - Judge Duane Benton and Jennifer A.L. Sheldon-Sherman
- - Judicial Bias: The Ongoing Challenge - Kathleen Mahoney
- - International Arbitration, Judicial Education, and Legal Elites - Catherine A. Rogers
- - Towards a New Paradigm of Judicial Education - Chief Justice Mary R. Russell
- - Writing Reasoned Decisions and Opinions: A Guide for Novice, Experienced, and Foreign Judges - S.I. Strong
- - Judging as Judgment: Tying Judicial Education to Adjudication Theory - Robert G. Bone
- - Of Judges, Law, and the River: Tacit Knowledge and the Judicial Role - Chad M. Oldfather
- - Educating Judges—Where to From Here? - Livingston Armytage
- - Judicial Education: Pedagogy for a Change - T. Brettel Dawson
Judges and the judicial process have long been scrutinized by lawyers and legal academics. As a result, a large and ever-increasing body of literature has developed on matters relating to judicial appointments, judicial independence, judicial policy making and the like. However, there is an extremely limited amount of information on how an appointee learns to be a judge.
Conventional wisdom suggests that judges arrive on the bench already equipped with all the skills necessary to manage a courtroom and dispense justice fully, fairly and rapidly. However, social scientists have identified a demonstrable link between judicial education and judicial performance, which suggests it is vitally important to identify and improve on best practices in judicial education.
This symposium seeks to improve the understanding of judicial education by considering several related issues. First, if judicial education is intended to improve those skills and attributes that are unique to judges, then it is critical to understand what it is that judges do. Therefore, a number of symposium participants will consider what it means to be a judge and what it is about judging that is different than other sorts of decision-making.
The second set of issues involves questions of pedagogy and purpose. For example, what is the goal of judicial education? Is it to convey information, skills or a particular cultural mindset? Indeed, is it even reasonable to aspire to teaching what might be called the art of judging? Though critical, these issues have seldom been discussed. Several panelists in this symposium will nevertheless address these core concerns.
The third and final set of questions relates to educational techniques. For example, how do questions of content affect teaching methodologies? Do judges want (and benefit from) courses in substantive or procedural law, or are skills- or theory-based sessions better? Given recent budget shortfalls, can distance learning replace person-to-person learning in some or all circumstances?
A distinguished set of jurists and academics will discuss these important and largely novel inquiries in conjunction with a keynote address by the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Persons interested in theoretical and practical issues relating to judicial administration and education at the state, federal and international level will find this material of interest.
Public Lecture, 'An economist and a lawyer went to lunch… reflections of the Productivity Commission’s Access to Civil Justice Inquiry'