2014 Blended Learning Conference
This year’s conference theme—“Accessing Justice Through Education”—mirrors the Arizona judicial branch’s new Strategic Agenda—“Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities” —and reinforces that education is a central part of advancing justice.
Every member of the judicial branch is responsible for safeguarding the trust that the public grants us and, towards that end, JSEC helps by providing high-quality education for court staff statewide. This conference uses a blended-learning model, broadcasting plenary sessions statewide in the morning and afternoon and encouraging Training Coordinators around the state to conduct in-person breakout sessions locally throughout the day. It is our hope that this combined effort provides staff with several quality COJET opportunities through this one-day event.
Click the highlighted title to view the opening or closing plenaries from the conference.
Opening Plenary: Customer Service for Limited English Proficient Court
Throughout the State of Arizona, our courts provide services to a wide range of people, including those who speak limited or no English. Without proper language assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users may be excluded from meaningful participation in the judicial court process. Join Amy Wood (AOC Court Services Division), Judge Evelyn Marez (Presiding JP Judge, Navajo County) and Sabine Michael (Superior Court in Pinal County), as they engage in a lively discussion of the importance of providing access through interpreter service. The panel will provide real scenarios and best practices for working with LEP court customers; while reinforcing Goal 1: PROMOTING ACCESS TO JUSTICE from Arizona Judiciary’s CURRENT Strategic Plan.
Revised Advisory Opinion
Handout - Language Access
Closing Plenary: #ToTweetorNottoTweet - Court Ethics and Social Media
Spend an hour with Judge Nicole Laurin-Walker as she offers up-to-date, practical, hands-on ethics advice for court employees who use social media, which is the subject of a recent Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee opinion. A basic familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and/or Instagram is strongly suggested. Presenter Judge Laurin-Walker is not just a judge in the Gilbert Municipal Court but a regular user of many social media sites. Don’t post that comment until you attend this class!