Judicial Education Commission
December 4, 2009
Members Present :
Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
Judge Sonna Anderson
Judge David Reich
Judge John McClintock
Judge DeNae Kautzmann
Acting Dean Kathryn Rand
Deborah Carlson, Juvenile Court Director
Bill Neumann, SBAND
Lee Ann Barnhardt, Director of Education
Louie Hentzen, Assistant State Court Administrator
Kim Dockter, Education and Special Projects Coordinator
Lana Zimmerman, scribe
Judge Steven McCullough
Jean Lindvig, Electronic Court Recorder
Justice Maring called the meeting to order. A motion was made by Judge Kautzmann to approve the September 18, 2009, minutes. The motion was seconded by Judge Reich. Motion carried.
I. Lee Ann Barnhardt updated the Commission on the progress of the following conferences:
A. The ICWA Conference is scheduled February 2-4, 2010, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. This conference is sponsored by the Court Improvement Project Committee of the ND Supreme Court and UND.
B. The Faculty Development Leadership Institute in Judicial Education is scheduled March 30-April 1, 2010, at the State Capitol in Bismarck. There are 22 participants who have registered for this conference. Kathy Story of Memphis, Tennessee will be the facilitator.
C. The Clerk of Court Conference is scheduled May 5-7, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Minot. The agenda has been finalized.
D. The Judicial Conference is scheduled June 17, 2010, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Topics for Judicial Conference were discussed. By consensus, the Commission agreed that Acting Dean Rand should contact Professor Kristen Dauphinais at the UND Law School to request a proposal for conducting a session on forensic eyewitness testimony. The length of the session would be approximately 1 ½ hours.
II. Lee Ann Barnhardt reported on the future of the Bench and Bar Seminar. The Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota voted at its November meeting to not proceed with the Bench and Bar Seminar; however, the Board of Governors recommended that SBAND continue to work with the judiciary to provide opportunities for involvement between judges and attorneys. Bill Neumann, Executive Director of SBAND, said it would be appreciated if the Chief Justice would advocate for judicial participation at the SBAND annual meeting. By consensus, it was agreed that the Commission will work with SBAND to encourage judicial participation at its annual meeting.
The motion by Judge DeNae Kautzmann to discontinue the Bench and Bar Seminar was renewed from the June 5, 2009 Judicial Branch Education Commission meeting. The motion was seconded by Judge McClintock. Motion carried.
III. Lee Ann Barnhardt reported on the Enterprise Learning Management System. This system will allow judges and judicial staff to register for courses and conferences, as well as track education hours, electronically using the Peoplesoft application. Lee Ann Barnhardt, Lana Zimmerman, Marilyn Moe and Kim Dockter will train on the ELMS in December 2009. The application will "go live" January 22, 2010.
I. The 2011 Judicial Institute is scheduled for May 23-26, 2011, at the UND Law School in Grand Forks. Lee Ann Barnhardt will survey judges regarding topics for the Institute.
II. Kim Dockter gave a demonstration on new judge orientation information created using a web-based Shutterfly application. Judge DeNae Kautzmann expressed interest in developing a similar website for municipal judges.
III. Kim Dockter gave a demonstration on the Audience Response System. The responder device is used at conferences and seminars provided by the Judiciary.
IV. The 2010 Support Staff Training is scheduled for September 23-24, 2010, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. This training will now be offered every other year for staff including deputy clerks and secretaries.
V. Due to a lack of time, the Review/Update of Judicial Branch Education Strategic Plan was postponed until the March 30, 2010 meeting.
VI. For the Good of the Order - Lee Ann Barnhardt reported that "Tools for Success" training for supervisors will be in 2010 for managers and supervisors in the trial courts. Trial Court Administrators will serve as faculty. The first of four sessions begins in January 2010.
A motion to adjourn was made by Judge Anderson and seconded by Judge McClintock. Motion carried.
Lana Zimmerman, scribe
ND Supreme Court