American Judges Association

"The Voice of the Judiciary"


1971-1998
Resolutions


JUDICIAL EDUCATION
LAW-RELATED EDUCATION

 
In Support of the Principles and Standards of Continuing Judicial Education - 1993 AM
In Search of Redress (funding for judicial education)
Regarding Law-Related Education - 1990 AM
On Law-Related Education - 1990 MY
On Law-Related Education - 1988 MY
For Judicial Curriculum - 1982 AM
Of  Recognition and Endorsement (for AAJE) - 1982 MY
In Favor of Inclusion of a Comprehensive Course in Trial Advocacy in all Law Schools - 1975 AM
In Support of Continued Funding of AAJE by LEAA - 1974 AM



In Support of the Principles and Standards of Continuing Judicial Education

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association at their 1993 mid-year meeting, did by means of Resolution, "sanction, approve and applaud the concept of continuing judicial education,"; and

WHEREAS, the said American Judges Association mandated its Annual Educational Conference to reiterate and reconfirm the position taken at their mid-year meeting;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, hereby join with the Conference of Chief Justices in their Resolution endorsing the Principles and Standards of Continuing Judicial Education as adopted by the National Association of State Judicial Educators and does urge all similarly motivated to support all programs which by their nature would increase the quantity and quality of judicial educational opportunities, and does direct that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Conference of Chief Justices and the National Association of State Judicial Educators.

Duly adopted by the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association at the 1996 Midyear Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 19,1996.

Judge John A. Mutter, Chairman
AJA Resolutions Committee
Jay Stuart Dankberg
Rupert Doan
Charles Flemming
Thomas Malik
Hon. Ira J. Raab
Mortimer Rogers



In Search of Redress (funding for judicial education)

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, there are certain principles and practices which by their nature should be indivisible, which cannot meaningfully stand alone and which rely for their integrity upon their consideration as a whole; and

WHEREAS, virtually all, if not all, jurisdictions mandate continuing legal education for their judiciary; yet in too many jurisdictions there has been a failure to provide the financial budgeting to effectuate the mandate; and

WHEREAS, all conscientious members of the judiciary desire to improve their competency and to expand their legal knowledge in an effort to fulfill their expectations as well as the expectations of their peers and the expectations of the Community; and

WHEREAS, the federal government and the sovereign states reacting to budgetary constraints have curtailed or eliminated financial incentives for continuing judicial education; and

WHEREAS, it behooves the mandating authority to provide the opportunity for furthering legal education to all members of the judiciary without costs, and with the realization that to require an increasing level of judicial expertise without providing the opportunity to garner that expertise without prohibitive costs is illogical and unjust.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, does sanction, approve and applaud the concept of Continuing Judicial Education, but with the caveat that the several states and/or the federal government must be ready, willing and able to underwrite the costs, and in every other way facilitate the said educational process and does direct that a copy of this resolution adopted in solemn conclave be sent to President Bill Clinton, the governors, and chief judicial administrative officers of the fifty states.

Adopted at the Midyear Meeting April 1993 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Judge John A. Mutter, Chairman
AJA Resolutions Committee
Rupert Doan
Charles Fleming
Bertram Gaynor
Thomas Malik
Hon. Ira J. Raab
Mortimer Rogers




Regarding Law-Related Education

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association at its midyear meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 1, 1988, did unanimously adopt a resolution recognizing the importance of law-related education and encouraging the continued development of all law related education programs; and

WHEREAS, the Association was honored on April 20, 1990 by the presence of the Honorable B. Don Barnes, retired Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Ms. Linda Riekes of the St. Louis School System, who addressed the members of the A.J.A. on the nationwide program of law-related education presently in operation; and

WHEREAS, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International of Bethesda, Maryland, a professional law fraternity of 130,000 members, including leaders in every segment of the legal community as well as in business and government, administrators the law related education program; and

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association wishes once again to give public notice of its continuing support of law-related education.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, affirms its support for the work being done by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity in this all important endeavor and commends the Honorable B. Don Barnes and Ms. Linda Riekes for their enthusiastic leadership in law-related education and orders that a copy of this resolution be sent to all honored by this instrument.

Adopted October 11, 1990 in Charleston, South Carolina

Judge John A. Mutter, Chairman
AJA Resolutions Committee
Jay Dankberg Rupert Doan
Charles Fleming
Bertram Gaynor
Mortimer Rogers




Resolution on Law-Related Education


RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the survival of a free and democratic society in this nation is dependent upon citizen understanding of and respect for the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights and for the role of law in all aspects of daily living; and

WHEREAS, law-related education provided during the kindergarten-through-twelfth grade years of instruction in our public, private and parochial schools schools not only heightens the awareness of our youth concerning the legal system and processes of our jurisprudence but also enhances understanding of the importance of the Rule of Law; and

WHEREAS, law-related education is steadily being incorporated into local school instruction on a nationwide basis; and

WHEREAS, the institutionalization of this training in our educational system will facilitate the strengthening of our basic precepts from generation to generation; and

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association shares the viewpoint that the education of the youth of our nation about law is a responsibility of the legal profession.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, recognizes as a national priority the public understanding of our Constitution and Bill of Rights;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, recognizes the value of law-related education and encourages law schools to assist in the development of law-related education programs in their communities and states. to the end that our youth will honor, defend and enhance a national heritage which fosters individual rights and responsibilities in a free society under law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in Washington, D.C.

Adopted at the Midyear Meeting April 1988 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Judge John A. Mutter, Chair
AJA Resolutions Committee



Resolution for Judicial Curriculum


RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association recognizes the need to have more education and training in judicial education programs; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to design and give courses on the judiciary and on the fundamentals of being a judge

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we recommend that the various states and the federal judiciary require training for new judges; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that law schools and others in the training field offer continuous education for judges and that such training be mandatory,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Association send a copy of this resolution to all law schools and Chief Justices of the state and federal courts.

Adopted October 28, 1982

Judge S. James Clarkson, Chair
AJA Resolutions Committee
The above resolution was introduced by Judge George Grinnell.



Of Recognition and Endorsement (for AAJE)

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association recognizes the need for ongoing programs for the education of our Judges in the use of modern techniques for the solution of contemporary problems whether or not these judges are citizen, trial or appellate, keeping in mind that new processes ensure due process; and

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association for Judicial Education was organized by the American Judges Association in 1970 to carry out legal curriculum programs such as how to conduct a jury or bench trial, courses on criminal law and evidence, judicial writing programs and the pioneering of the citizen judges academy for non lawyer judges; and

WHEREAS, "The Academy" is substantially financed by the American Judges Association and three members of its Board of Directors are appointed by the Board of Governors of this Association; and

WHEREAS, the AJA Highway Safety Committee has been established to cooperate with "The Academy" and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation to help educate judges in traffic law adjudication particularly in the search for better techniques in resolving the problems caused by the drinking driver: and

WHEREAS, Douglas Lanford, the Executive Director of the American Academy of Judicial Education through his personal labors on our behalf has helped us to carry out these most important responsibilities to the benefit and credit of the AJA;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, endorse the Traffic Law Adjudication Program to assist the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in carrying out educational programs to improve the adjudication of serious traffic offenses by the nations courts with special emphasis on alcohol related driving offenses, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AJA recognizes Douglas Lanford who is our "Mr. Academy" by passing this Resolution as tangible proof of our gratitude and appreciation for his labors on our behalf and on behalf of the courts of the United States and that a copy of this Resolution be presented to him with our seal duly affixed thereto as tangible proof of our adoption of this Resolution.

Adopted October 28, 1982

Judge S. James Clarkson, Chair
AJA Resolutions Committee



In Favor of Inclusion of a Comprehensive Course in Trial Advocacy in all Law Schools

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Judges Association has received a report from its Committee on Teaching of Trial Advocacy in American law schools, and

WHEREAS, that committee after a comprehensive study of present law school curricula in the nation, finds an urgent need for inclusion of study in the subject of trial advocacy,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, urge all law schools to offer a comprehensive course in trial advocacy, that such course include the teaching of ethics, professional responsibility, courtroom conduct, civil and criminal procedure trial techniques, evidence, clinical training, and trial simulations; and further that such course be required of all law students intending to enter the general practice of law or to engage in trial practice.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, present a copy of this Resolution to the Association of American Law Schools to seek their support and implementation of the purposes of this Resolution

Submitted by the Honorable Betsy Fitzgerald Rahn, Chairman, and duly adopted at the Annual Conference of the American Judges Association assembled in Atlanta, Georgia on the 20th day of November, 1975.

AJA Resolutions Committee



In Support of Continued Funding of AAJE by LEAA

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the American Academy of Judicial Education was the first organization to initiate nation wide educational services to the judges of the states' courts of limited jurisdiction, with the support and assistance of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, which has been and is appreciated, and

WHEREAS, the Academy has been providing these services in an excellent manner since 1970, with the continuing support and assistance from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, also appreciated, and

WHEREAS, the LEAA, in 1974, determined that the wisest allocation of public funds was to provide discretionary funds for educational services for state limited jurisdiction court judges only to the Academy and to the National College of the State Judiciary for the education of judges of general jurisdiction;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Judges Association, at its national conference on October 10, 1974, endorse and recommend the continuation of this decision.

AJA Resolutions Committee
Jay Stuart Dankberg

 


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