MICHIGAN STATE  UNIVERSITY, Judicial Administration Program

ATTENTION MSU STUDENTS! Be sure to download the Preconference information prior to arriving in Washington, DC on Sunday, August 7:   


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MSU@NCBC Washington DC

We invite you to review the MSU@NCBC Washington DC Brochure for complete information regarding this year’s schedule. Information about the MSU Judicial Administration Program can be found at their website or in the Judicial Administration Program Brochure.  NCBC and MSU have completed twelve years of offering the Judicial Administration Program classes at our annual conferences.

Graduating Students

Graduation is scheduled for the NCBC/FCCA Breakfast on Wednesday morning, August 10.


New Students

The Washington DC Conference is an ideal place to begin or expand upon your professional development. The five-year cycle of classes can be accomplished either at NCBC Conferences, on-line through MSU and, for some of the requirements, at AO or FJC certified programs. You do not need to be enrolled with MSU to get started in Washington, so show up for the classes and take control of your future.  Dr. Maureen Conner, Program Director will offer a brief orientation of the program starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 8.

Additionally, for students who are interested, Dr. Conner will be available for individual appointments during the conference to discuss their noncredit certificate, capstone projects, or the Master of Science in Judicial Administration Degree.  Interested individuals can email her at connerm@msu.edu to schedule an appointment during the conference.

Michigan State will also be participating in the Information Sharing Session on Tuesday afternoon.

New and Continuing Students

The pre-conference information sheet along with attendance, evaluation, and payment forms can be  downloaded here.

MSU on Monday

First up, on the pre-conference day (Monday), is “Resources, Budget and Finance” being presented by the experts from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The class begins at 8:30 a.m. following the brief orientation.  This is a 7 hour required class.

MSU on Tuesday

On Tuesday, “Essential Components of Courts ” begins with the first of four breakout sessions (all four are required for credit). This five hour series of classes explores the importance of essential components in the “case” decision making process, provides an understanding of how the physical infrastructure plays a role in the “Essential Components” and, finally, how communication, collaboration and leadership skills assist students in future problem solving and program development assisting the court in its function to serve the public, process cases and resolve disputes.

First up is “Deciding Cases - the Role of District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Federal Judiciary”.  Mike Palus and Jason McDonald will discuss the court’s role in the adjudication of disputes. They will focus specifically on the role of the Federal Courts including both District and Bankruptcy Courts in the discussion. This class is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm.

MSU on Wednesday

A functional and safe courthouse, equipped with the latest technology and equipment, is indispensable to the efficient operation of a court. On Wednesday morning at 10:00 am, staff from the AO Space and Facilities Division will present “Courthouses: An Introduction to Space and Facilities in the Courts”. You'll learn how long range facilities planning, the U.S. Courts Design Guide, Administrative Office, Circuit and local court staff work together to make sure the Judiciary builds and uses Courthouses in a cost effective way.

Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 pm, students join George Prentice for “It’s More Than Rock n Roll”, a chance to learn about communication, collaboration, and creativity from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2, and other great bands of rock and roll. 

Finally, at 4:00 pm, Wednesday afternoon, you join Barry Lander for a “Wrap-up Session” which brings together the seemingly diverse set of topics that were covered in the previous 4.5 hours to close out this year’s MSU classes. 

Fortunately, the 13 required hours this year are captured while still leaving 3 “free periods” for MSU students to attend other classes.

If you miss the pre-conference class, on-line alternatives to all missed classes are offered through Michigan State. See the MSU@NCBC Washington DC Brochure.

A description of the Judicial Administration Program and the various options for non-credit and credit bearing classes can be found in the Judicial Administration Program Brochure and at http://cj.msu.edu/programs/judicial-administration-program/.

The Michigan State University non-credit bearing certificate does require fees to be paid. The nonrefundable application fee is $20.00. The per contact hour fee is $12.00 ($720.00 for 60 contact hours) and the capstone experience project fee is $60.00. The total program cost is $800.00

Once again, the MSU@NCBC Washington DC Brochure includes a complete description of the classes being offered this year and information on alternative class offerings so students can better track their progress toward completion.