Education Services Division, Arizona Supreme Court
July - August 2013 Edition
Welcome to The Coordinator, a bi-monthly online newsletter for training coordinators and other judicial employees involved in staff education.  In each edition you will find valuable information about upcoming training events, COJET policy, resources you can use, and insights from your peers in the judiciary. 
We always welcome your ideas and feedback at [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Please visit the Education Services Division Calendar for more information on the following events.

  • 12             Defensive Driving Instructor Conference
  • 15-19        Probation Officer Certification 
  • 22-26        Probation Officer Certification
  • 29-8/2       Firearms Academy, Payson


  • 7-9            Arizona Court Management (ACM) - Institute for Court Managmenet (ICM, Financial Management
  • 12-16        Defensive Tactics Training 
  • 14 16         Faculty Skills Development
  • 26-30        Firearms Academy, Train-the-Trainer

 Don’t see your event listed? Click here to let us know about your upcoming events. 

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2013 Statewide Summer Training Highlights

Pima County

The Pima County Superior Court June Jam 5 (JJ5) training event was a success with over 1000 court staff taking advantage of classes.  The training event offered a variety of sessions totaling 58.5 COJET hours and included two general sessions featuring nationally known speakers who also presented at the 2013 Judicial Conference.  The Honorable Kevin Burke presented information on “Everybody is a Leader: Court Leadership in a Difficult Era,” and Gary Marchant, Ph.D., J.D. presented on “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Law.”  Offerings also included classes on defensive driving, gang awareness, unlawful harassment, human trafficking, psychological implications of workplace microaggression, mental health first aid,  and what to do in case of an active shooter.  Not even smoke from the training center AC unit, an evacuation of the training center, or a visit from the fire department dampened the JJ5 momentum! 

Coconino County

110 people and provided 25 different classes during their conference. They welcomed participants from Coconino, Greenlee, Ajo, Navajo Nation Kayenta Division, and attorneys in the Flagstaff area).  The conference was a huge success! 

Yavapai County

210 participants attended over 20 classes, 1 of which lasted all day, all 3 days. One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of Paperclips, a documentary about a Tennessee middle school and their project on prejudice & intolerance with emphasis on the Holocaust. A local Holocaust survivor spoke after the documentary and shared her story. Additionally, during the 3 days, they were able to raise over $1800.00 with a fundraiser for our local juveniles & their families through the participants generosity buying lunch/bake sale items.

Court of Appeals, Div. 1

Judicial Assistant Brandie Castle and Staff Attorney Barbara Vidal Vaught decided it would be beneficial to have a “COJET Day” while the judges were at the judicial conference.  They put together programs including in the morning a ‘Tour of the Maricopa County Superior Court’ and a presentation ‘Local Issues in the Court System: Media and the Courts’, a Pizza lunch was offered for those who wished to participate. Then an ethics afternoon with a presentation of the movie “The Firm” with guided topical discussions before and after, then another ethical presentation entitled “Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation.” In all 6.25 hours of COJET was offered. A great day was had by all and we have had many requests to provide it again next year in addition to our Fall Brown Bag series. I would like to give a very special thank you to Brandie and Barbara who spent a great deal of their time coordinating this special day getting speakers…Rick DeBruhl, Jennifer Liewer, Rachel Bacalzo and making it the great success that it was.

Mohave County

June 26th through June 28th Mohave County COJET held its Summer 2013 COJET Conference.  With a return to 16 hours of required training, we really beefed up our summer offerings, providing the following classes in our Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City locations:  AZTEC/Charge and Sentencing Disposition and Update; AZTEC/Processing Protective Orders; Communication in the Courts; Crime Laboratory/Physical Evidence and the Law; 2 Movies – “Freedom Writers” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”; Negativity in the Workplace; Preventing Unlawful Harassment; Purposes and Responsibilities of Arizona’s Courts; “Sins of the Fathers”; Strategies on Improving Employee Engagement; and Values Workshops.  Many employees were able to meet their training requirements for the year and all participants seemed happy with the course offerings. 





Blended Conference - Save the Date!

The Judicial Staff Education Committee and Education Services Division invite you to participate in our very first statewide Staff Conference on September 20, 2013!

The theme - “Everyone a Leader” - mirrors this year’s Judicial Conference theme reinforcing that every Arizona court employee, from clerks to judicial officers, has the ability as a leader to uphold the virtue of trust the public has in our judiciary and the rule of law.   

We plan to use a blended learning model, broadcasting plenary sessions statewide in the morning and afternoon. We encourage you to conduct in-person breakout sessions locally throughout the rest of the day in hopes that we may be able to combine efforts and provide staff with several quality COJET opportunities through this one-day event. 

More information including optional breakout session curricula will be forthcoming. For now, stay tuned and save the date – September 20, 2013!






Probation Training - Save the Date!

The AOC Probation Training Unit will offer training for probation and surveillance officers from September 9-12.  This program is mandatory for all officers new to JIPS/IPS.  Additionally, elective classes are offered for existing standard and intensive officers.  If you have not yet received the brochure with elective class descriptions please visit:

If you have seen the brochure please and are ready to register, you can connect directly to our registration page at:

Should you have any questions about the program please contact Roxanne Elliot at 602-452-3024 or [email protected]



Excellence in Education Awards Nominations

Have you experienced outstanding probation training this year?  If so, please take time to fill out a nomination form.  Individuals, two person teams, and groups of curriculum developers are all eligible.  Nominations are being taken for the following categories:

Defensive Tactics




The Committees on Judicial Education Training and Probation Education recognize individuals, teams, and groups that provide excellent training to Detention, Surveillance, and Probation Officers. These instructors receive awards yearly at the Statewide Probation Awards and Recognition Luncheon.

This is an opportunity to thank and recognize great instructors that display knowledge, professionalism, energy, and create a respectful, positive learning environment.  Anyone can nominate!

Click on the following address to submit your nomination today.  If you are unable to click on the address, copy and paste it into your browser to be taken to the appropriate page for nomination submission.  Thank you for recognizing the quality trainers in your community.  Nomination forms are available here:  







Upcoming Webinar - Can You Hear Me Now?


Interested in a new customer service class? If so, join Deb King, Education Services Division, as she reviews effective phone communication skills. This class will give you a chance to identify what phone content to leave in phone messages, practice phone skills for effective verbal communications and practice decision making skills and discuss responses to challenging phone calls. PowerPoint with notes 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 August 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm. 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!

To register:

·         Type into your browser

·         Click the “Upcoming” tab

·         Look for “TC WEBINAR SERIES” on August 14 and click on “Register”

·         Enter registration password: phoneskills

·         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 [email protected] if you experience any technical challenges or have questions.









Skilsoft Just-In-Time Videos

For our SkillSoft license users, SkillSoft has just provided us with a number of Just-in-Time videos covering a wide range of topics from Adobe Acrobat to Web Browsing. These short, less than 3 minute videos, provide a quick course on specific task oriented skills. Videos can be found by clicking the Books24/7 link at the top of your Skillport window.





Recording: TC Webinar Series - Ethics Lab for Court Employees

Faculty: Judge Nicole Laurin-Walker, Gilbert Municipal Court 

This is a recorded session.  Curriculum and materials for this session are located on the Education Services Division website, Training Coordinator Resource page at http://supreme22/tc/TC_Courses.htm.   For more information, please contact faculty at [email protected] or [email protected].

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. Power Points, 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.   

To access the recording:

·         Click on the Link:

·         Click on the link Recorded Session

·         Click on the class named TC Webinar Series: Ethics lab for Court Employees

·         Click View or Download

·         Input recording password: ethicslab

·         Type first and last name, email address

Once the session has ended, please click on the link to the evaluation form, complete it and then print your certificate of attendance.  If you have questions about accessing the recording or the handouts, please email [email protected].






Recording: TC Webinar Series - Preventing Unlawful Harassment 


Faculty: Linda Yarbrough, Mohave County Superior Court

This is a recorded session.  Curriculum and materials for this session are located on the Education Services Division website, Training Coordinator Resource page at http://supreme22/tc/TC_Courses.htm.   For more information, please contact faculty at [email protected]  or [email protected]

Are you a Training Coordinator who is on the look-out for a new way to present a workplace harassment class in a fun and interactive manner?  If so, join Linda Yarbrough, HR Manager with the Superior Court in Mohave County, as she shares a highly customizable curriculum on this important human resource topic.  The curriculum begins with a focus on Rule 2.3 of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and then transitions into the facilitation of group activities, watching movie clips, and analyzing various workplace scenarios in exploring how one employee’s perception of a workplace situation may greatly differ from that of their co-worker.  The curriculum also provides an opportunity to review court policy on how to report workplace harassment and steps we can all take to ensure that we do not offend others at work.  The overall goal of this training is to maintain a positive respectful work environment in the courts.  Training Coordinators interested in delivering this topic for training, can easily tailor this curriculum to fit their needs.

Click here to access the recording:


Once the session has ended, please click on the link to the evaluation form, complete it and then print your certificate of attendance.  If you have questions about accessing the recording or the handouts, please email [email protected].