MICHIGAN STATE  UNIVERSITY, Judicial Administration Program

ATTENTION MSU STUDENTS! Be sure to download these two forms prior to arriving in Atlanta on Sunday, August 9:   

Caseflow Management: NCBC Atlanta 2015
Preconference Information

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MSU@NCBC Atlanta

We invite you to review the MSU@NCBC Atlanta 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 eleven years of offering the Judicial Administration Program classes at our annual conferences.

Graduating Students

Graduation is scheduled for the NCBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning, August 12.

New Students

The Atlanta 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 Atlanta, 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 10.  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 preconference information sheet along with attendance, evaluation, and payment forms will be available soon to download here.

First up on the pre-conference day (Monday) is “Caseflow Management” taught by Barry Lander, Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California and Brian Karth, Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. following the brief orientation, and will be using video, lecture and group exercises to explore bankruptcy, civil and criminal caseflow management. 

On Tuesday, “Public Information, Media Relations, and Court Community Communication” begins with the first of three breakout sessions (all three are required for credit). Dave Madden, Assistant Circuit Executive for Public Information at the Ninth Circuit joins Una O’ Boyle, Chief Deputy, New York Southern for an introductory class on opening the channels of communication between the courts and the public including dealing with the media and other aspects of court public information.

Good court communication often involves making presentations to staff, Judges, the Bar and the public. Wednesday afternoon’s session “Presenting like a Pro - How to Turn Presentations into Something Incredible and Get Your Message Heard!” rethinks presentations and Barry Lander will provide a framework to communicate with audiences with substance and style.

Finally, on Thursday morning, Alec Leddy, Clerk, District of Maine, will offer  – “The CARE Program:  an example of Bankruptcy Court Outreach” which has a presence in all 50 states.  CARE seeks to educate high school and college students on the responsible use of credit and other fundamentals of financial literacy, as well as the potential consequences of poor money management and credit card abuse.

Fortunately, the 13 required hours this year are captured while still leaving 2 “free periods” for MSU students to attend other classes on Wednesday.

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