Continuing Judicial Education Commission
September 21, 2001
I. Opening Business:
A. The meeting convened at 8:00 a.m. Members present included Hon. Donald Jorgensen; Hon. Ronald Goodman; Justice Carol Kapsner; Peggy Larson; Hon. Bill Severin, Shawn Peterson and Candace Zierdt.
B. The Commission Chair, Judge Jorgensen, welcomed all who were taking part.
II. Ongoing Business:
Candace Zierdt suggested requesting the two committees to submit their comments concerning the plan to the Commission in time for its November meeting.
Judge Goodman stated that he thought 8 hours was good but that two - 4 hour segments was too long and that 2 hour blocks over a period of time would be better.
Judge Severin stated that he did not believe it should be limited to master calendar but should focus on those areas of most need to the judge. Judge Goodman agreed and stated that Judge Johnson spends a great deal of time in the courtroom and that more one-on-one time with a judge would be more beneficial.
Justice Kapsner suggested that there should be guidelines for the focus of the education. She recommended that the members consider what subject areas should be identified and incorporated into a checklist. Chair Jorgensen requested the members to have a list compiled for review at the next meeting.
The Commission was in agreement that if structured properly this may be a good alternative for a judge who cannot attend the yearly program. However, it will not be authorized on a yearly basis. Chair Jorgensen agreed to visit with Judge Johnson concerning the Commission's decision.
C. Bench & Bar Seminar. Chair Jorgensen informed the members that the planning of the Bench & Bar has always been a joint effort between the Judiciary and the State Bar. This year it was the Bar=s turn to identify the topic area, and they chose to have the entire program directed towards Adoption and Safe Families Act. He explained that Tara Muhlhauser, Chris Hogan, Judge Christofferson and Greg Wallace had been working on an agenda for the program. Chair Jorgensen stated that during a phone call with the State Bar, he indicated to them that he did not like the fact that the curriculum only applied to a small group of attorneys and that perhaps it should be offered through a different venue. He stated that the State Bar did eventually agree to change the focus of the program. Chair Jorgensen suggested that the Commission have more involvement in the planning of the Bench & Bar and, as a result, will be visiting with Christine Hogan in order to strengthen the relationship between the State Bar and the Commission.
D. Defibulator. Judge Goodman inquired whether the Court Services Subcommittee had taken any action on his request to have a defibulator in the courthouse. Chair Jorgensen commented that he will be bringing it before Court Services at their next meeting. Justice Kapsner stated that she had visited with Mark Johnson, Association of Counties, and he informed her that they are addressing it since it was a county issue.
E. Chair Jorgensen suggested that the judiciary sponsor a 2002 Judicial Institute to address the issues relating to assisted reproduction. Justice Kapsner commented that Justice Maring requested that judges receive training on the confidentiality of drug and alcohol records.
Chair Jorgensen suggested that the members bring agenda items for the 2002 Institute to the Monday, November 19 dinner meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.
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