New COJET Chair - Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer
Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer has been a member of Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) since 2000, served as Vice Chair from 2003 to 2013, and was appointed as Chair in February of this year. Justice Timmer was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2012 by Governor Janice K. Brewer. Prior to her appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court, Justice Timmer was a judge with Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2012. Justice Timmer participates in many professional and community activities, including the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors (Arizona Supreme Court liaison), Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (non-profit, board Vice Chair), the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (advisory state board member), the National Association of Women Judges (member, board of directors), and City of Glendale Judicial Selection Advisory Board.
And now…let’s get to know her a little better!
1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”
― John Greenleaf Whittier
2. What does being the chair of COJET mean to you?
I’m very fortunate to follow Judge Roxanne Song Ong as chair of COJET. Along with Jeff Schrade and everyone at Education Services, she has ably steered COJET through rocky economic times to make it one of the best – if not the best – judicial education programs in the country. While on the one hand, it’s wonderful to inherit the chair of such a fabulous group, it does put pressure on to continue to improve! Being the new chair permits me an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas with the hopes of continuing along the well-constructed road.
3. A book you are currently reading? Or your favorite author?
A perennial favorite author is Michael Crighton (Jurassic Park, Timeline, Prey, etc.). I’m a sucker for science fiction and techo-thrillers, and no one wrote them better than Mr. Crighton. I’ve read all his books, but I just have to re-read them every once in awhile.
4. What training did you really enjoy attending last year?
I really enjoyed the plenary session of the Judicial Conference, which explored progressions in DNA scientific knowledge and their potential effect on issues affecting the judiciary. Fodder for a Crighton-esque novel!
5. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Sing well. I love to sing, but unfortunately I’m not blessed with a good voice. Just ask my poor children!
Training Coordinator Conference Highlights
The 2013 Training Coordinator Conference was held on March 22, 2013 in Phoenix. To reflect COJET’s requirement to return to 16 hours, this year’s theme was “Back to the New Normal.” Experienced and new trainers from around the state made up the well-rounded group of participants who attended to learn about new policy changes, share resources, network with their colleagues, and obtain curricula for facilitated and non-facilitated trainings.
LUNCH WITH COJET MEMBERS
One of the highlights of this event was meeting COJET members for lunch during the annual COJET Excellence in Education awards presentation for staff training. It was a great opportunity for our coordinators and COJET members to meet and have discussions on how they can better serve the training needs of court staff.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS
During the awards luncheon, COJET chair Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer presented awards to faculty, upon recommendation from JSEC, who have been crucial to judicial education and training, demonstrating impact and effectiveness for staff education.
Linda Yarbrough and Cheryn Brewer – were awarded for their class on “Strategies for Improving Employee Engagement” which gives employees a voice in our court system. This session was also commended for its interactivity.
From Left: Honorable Roxanne Song Ong (outgoing COJET Chair), Cheryn Brewer (Award recipient – Mohave County), Linda Yarbrough (Award recipient – Mohave County), Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer (Chair – COJET), Kip Anderson (Chair – Judicial Staff Education Committee), Jeff Schrade (Director – Education Services Division). Photo to right: Honorable Rick A. Williams (Award recipient – Mohave County).
Honorable Rick A. Williams – His class on “Essential Workplace Practices” focused on many critical workplace issues, such as managing stress, dealing with difficult people, conflict, problem solving, job burnout, team building, communication and leadership. He produced a video, “Break Check” for this class, using court personnel as actors.
SPECIAL COJET RECOGNITION
Judge Roxanne Song Ong received recognition for her commitment to continuing education in the judicial branch during the 20 years she spent on COJET including serving as chair since 2003. Please join us in thanking her for her dedication and service to Judicial Education in the Arizona Court System!
Presentations, along with handout materials have been posted on the website, Education Services Training Coordinator Resource page.
PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK
The Educations Services Division thanks all of the participants who attend the annual Training Coordinator conferences. You are commended for coordinating education and training for your courts. You’ve shown time and again in the work you do your dedication to ensuring excellent education and training reaches our judicial branch. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Statewide Summer Trainings
The Gilbert Municipal Court will be hosting “2013 Court Employee Summer Session”, a 2-day conference on June 26 and 27. It is FREE and open to any county! For more information on registration/agenda, please contact Susan Holliefield at email@example.com.
The Joint Council on Court Education (JCCE) and the Training and Education Division of the Superior Court in Pima County are co-sponsoring “Come Alive” at the June Jam 5, on June 26, 27 and the morning of June 28! Classes will include the Arizona Historical Cases that are currently available through the Education Services Division website and will be held at Pima County Courts’ Training Center and the Superior Court Building. For more information, please contact Rafaela de Loera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coconino Adult Probation is sponsoring a 2-day Offender Employment Specialist Training in Flagstaff, May 29-30, 2013. This is one of the trainings that the National Corrections Institute has been raving about. Interested Officers can contact Katie Howard at email@example.com for registration information. Spots are limited!
Yavapai County is offering approximately 20 classes at their June staff conference June 26-28th. This conference is open to everyone: court & probation personnel from all counties. Registration opens May 8. For more information, please contact Dyhanna Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please forward any suggestions or questions about these events to JSEC2@courts.az.gov.
Upcoming TC Webinar - Ethics Lab for Court Employees
Interested in a new ethics class? If so, join Judge Nicole Laurin-Walker, Gilbert Municipal Court, as she reviews training on judicial employee code and shares how to apply the rules to ethical questions and scenarios submitted by court staff. This class will give you a chance to discuss real ethical concerns that you face daily in any courthouse. PowerPoints, handouts and lessons plans will be provided! Training Coordinators interested in delivering this topic for training can easily tailor this curriculum to fit their needs.
This webinar is scheduled to be held on June 11, at 10:00 am on WebEx. You must register to participate live, but please keep in mind that webinars will be recorded and available on-demand for those who cannot attend, due to our capacity or scheduling conflicts. Attendance is limited to Training Coordinators and Field Trainers. Registration is open now!
· Type azcourts.webex.com into your browser
· Click the “Upcoming” tab
· Look for “TC WEBINAR SERIES” on June 11 and click on “Register”
· Enter registration password: ethics lab
· After you complete the registration form you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for attending the course. If the course is full, you will be put on the waiting list.
Please send an email to JSEC2@courts.az.gov if you experience any technical challenges or have questions.
Character is Destiny - Curriculum Available to Check Out!
“Character is Destiny” is an engaging training curriculum, hosted by national ethics expert Russell W. Gough. It addresses issues as to why character is discussed so regularly and why experts believe that a strong character is vital to the long-term success of every individual and every organization.
“You’re sure to enjoy facilitating this course – because it will demand as much of you as it will of the participants you’ll lead. The concept of character presents a fascinating set of challenges and rewards that we rarely address in our daily lives at work or at home. For that reason, you can expect the subject to be provocative and personal. But, then as a facilitator, your challenge is indeed to provoke discussion, critical thinking and motivation-to channel into positive action the personal and public energy that your group will surely generate when exploring the subject of character.” - Russell W. Gough
The Education Services Division has purchased the “Character is Destiny” curriculum for use by Training Coordinators. A Power Point presentation with key concepts is included with the video package.
We recommend that you tailor the program to your organization’s needs by including specific information unique to your employees. The specifics of how you facilitate the program are up to you.
To check out this curriculum, please contact Vikki Cipolla-Murillo at email@example.com or 602.452.3005.