President's Message

Welcome to the American Judges Association!


On behalf of the American Judges Association, thank you so much for visiting our home page. We hope you are already a member of our wonderful organization, the largest judges’ association in North America. We are proud to include members from all levels of U.S. state courts, as well as from the Canadian legal system. And we are closely affiliated with a wide range of other national organizations committed to better courts, including the National Center for State Courts, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, the Council of Chief Justices, the Conference of State court Administrators, and the National Association for Court Management.


The goal of the AJA is to make our able members even better judges. We provide top quality judicial training and education at our annual and mid-year conferences. Consider soaking up some of that useful information by attending our fabulous upcoming mid-year event in Memphis, Tennessee in spring 2018, or coming to our annual conference in Kauai, Hawaii, in fall 2018. You can count on hearing at our conferences from exciting, nationally known legal scholars and outstanding jurists on topics that are sure to be important and useful to your work. We also provide our members with quarterly editions of Court Review, a truly superb publication for judges, with top quality articles by outstanding scholars on subjects of interest to every judge. Whether members come to conferences or not, there is plenty they can contribute to our hard working committees. And there is much more. AJA has been a national leader in the key field of Procedural Fairness. This website includes our White Papers on that and other topics. It also includes quick links on this page to two more outstanding products, multimedia presentations on Procedural Fairness and a marvelous online Domestic Violence course. We are the Voice of the Judiciary, and make ongoing comments and issue media releases on issues of key importance to the judiciary. Our awards recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to our profession, who have been exceptionally courageous, and who have stepped forward to support the rule of law.


Please browse our site, and then contact us to become a member. If you are new to us, we can provide you with a year of membership for free. We welcome you!

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Catherine

 


New Materials for Procedural Fairness



    AJA has done 11 interviews with leading figures nationally on how to improve perceptions of fairness in our courts.

    See the interviews »

     

 

    Here Now!

    A free, online, comprehensive Domestic Violence educational resource for judges. 

    This course contains interactive modules on key topics which will allow judges to learn at their own pace from leading national experts.

    See it now »


  • The AJA Executive Committee recently endorsed two resolutions. The first supports due process and judicial independence in Turkey, and the second looks at various aspects of the issue of pre-trial release.

  • AJA Seeks Leadership Nominations
    AJA seeks nominations from its members for a number of leadership positions for 2017-18.  A complete list of the vacancies can be found here.  All nominees must complete and submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form by July 3, 2017.

  • AJA is seeking nominations for its 2017 American Gavel Awards and the 2017 Harold V. Froehlich Judicial Courage Award. The deadline for submission of nominations for both awards is April 1, 2017. For complete information and entry forms, please click here.

  • Toronto Judge Becomes first Canadian President of American Judges Association
    The largest Judges Association in the USA selects a Canadian as its president for the first time in its history. Toronto Justice Russell Otter is sworn in as the first Canadian president of the American Judges Association.

  • AJA is pleased to announce 2016 Award Recipients
    AJA presented its 2016 awards at the recent annual conference in Toronto.  AJA was honored to present its Harold V. Froehlich Judicial Courage Award to Judge Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals.  The National American Gavel Award was presented to the Kirk Makin for his body of work on the courts while at The Globe and Mail.  Elizabeth Johnson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, was presented with the Regional American Gavel Award for her investigative reporting on the wrongfully convicted. In addition, AJA was pleased to present the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit to Chad Schmucker, President of the National Judicial College, and the Libby Hines Domestic Violence Award to Judge Sydney Hanlon of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

  • AJA adopts latest white paper on procedural fairness

    The American Judges Association, at its annual conference in Seattle, adopted the latest in a series of white papers focusing on procedural fairness.  The paper, “The Judge is the Key Component:  The Importance of Procedural Fairness in Drug-Treatment Courts,” can be found here

  • Judges Invited to Join Adult and Juvenile Cases Listserv
    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) invites all judges who preside over adult and juvenile cases involving community supervision, including pre-trial and probation, to join a listserv.  This listserv will serve as a secure and confidential means for judges across the country to engage in open discussions about current local and national issues in community supervision.  Judges and the NCSC will have the ability to post informational items as well as to pose questions to other listserv members and engage in discussions.  To join the listserv, send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.ncsconline.org.  In the body of the message, type:  join Judges-CommunitySupervision.  Then follow the instructions in the return message to confirm the request.  Please contact Michelle White at mwhite@ncsc.org with any questions or for additional information.

  • New Center on Access to Justice for All
    Technical assistance available through new Center on Court Access to Justice for All. The National Center for State Courts has launched a new Web site to assist courts in their efforts to expand access to justice. For more information, see this announcement or visit the Access Center at www.ncsc.org/atj. (Announcement.)

  • AJA announces completion of an updated booklet for judges on domestic violence - Domestic Violence and the Courtroom, Knowing the Issues... Understanding the Victim.

 

2018 Annual Meeting

April 19-21
Memphis, Tennessee

 

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2018 Midyear Meeting

April 19-21
Memphis, Tennessee