Education Services Division, Arizona Supreme Court
May - June 2014 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.

  • 8                 Court Leadership Institute of Arizona (CLIA) Committee Meeting
  • 9                 Judicial College of Arizona (JCA) Board Meeting
  • 15               Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) Committee Meeting
  • 20-22          Arizona Court Excutive (ACE) - Institute for Court Management (ICM) Leadership
  • 29-30          Arizona Court Supervisors Meeting


  • 3-7             Institute for Court Management (ICM) - Court Leadership Institute of Arizona (CLIA) Meeting

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2014 Coordinator Conference: What a Successful Conference We Had!

Education Services Division would like to extend a very heartfelt and special THANK YOU to  each and everyone of our participants who attended this year’s training coordinator conference. We hope you went home with a wealth of knowledge and excitement about providing great training to your court staff.

The 2014 training coordinator conference was packed full of learning opportunities and fun. Our participants had a chance to meet with other trainers and discuss common issues and experiences. It truly was a delight to see so many connections being made.

For those of you who were unable to attend – here are some of the highlights of what you missed:

Jeff Schrade, Director of Education Services, started the conference off, welcoming everyone, and introducing Instructional Design as the theme of the day. He showcased coming attractions for 2014, including the change in non facilitated training hours, code changes and other updates. Participants were thrilled to learn about these exciting updates.

Our key note speaker was a huge hit! Participants enjoyed meeting Ms. Karen Thorson, former president of NASJE, as she shared her expertise on Instructional Design and the challenges with making meaning in education.
Throughout the day, the attendees were introduced to various topics to assist them in developing effective teaching curricula. Needs Analysis, the first step and the foundation in designing an educational intervention; Learning Objectives, statements of what students will be able to do when they complete the training; Delivery Methods, where participants had to come up with various teaching methodologies to describe oranges and lemons that were handed to them, the importance of effective Evaluations, and Blended Learning, which showed our trainers how to combine traditional and digital methods of instruction.   

The Sharing Curriculum session was the highlight of the conference for everyone. Participants left with 5 fully developed training curricula to teach in their courts. They met the faculty who had developed the training materials and receive a first hand tutorial on how they can effectively teach their court staff. The conversations and discussions were so good, that it was hard to stop so we could move on to the next session!


During lunch, we hosted our annual COJET Excellence In  Education  Awards. The COJET Excellence in Education Award, established by the Committee on Judicial Education and Training, annually  recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding education to the judicial branch through training and/or curriculum development.  COJET, in conjunction with the Judicial Staff  Education Committee (JSEC), recognized two such outstanding trainers at the 2014 Training Coordinator Conference. Congratulations to this year’s winners of the COJET Excellence in Education Award: Lu Ann Garbini, Superior Court in Navajo County, and Honorable Rick Williams, Superior Court in Mohave County.

From Left: Kip Anderson (Chair – Judicial Staff Education Committee); Honorable Rick A. Williams (Award recipient – Mohave County); Honorable Andrew Gould (Vice-Chair – COJET); Lu Ann  Garbini (Award recipient-Navajo County); Jeff Schrade (Director-Education Services Division)

If you are interested in accessing the conference curriculum and materials, they are now posted on the http://supreme22/tc/TC_Courses.htm page.
The 2014 Training Coordinator Conference was our best yet, and we cant wait to see what future conferences will bring! From all of us here at the Education Services Division, thank you!





Instructional Design Course

On March 27, 2014, the Education Services Division hosted a Day of Instructional Design. Several judicial educators  attended this one day course facilitated by Ms. Karen Thorson, a nationally-recognized expert. The day  focused on teaching  curriculum developers how to best design a course using a defined multi-step instructional design process, with the  hope they will use it in their own work.  Course materials have been posted on the website,


Free COJET Opportunity

The Gilbert Municipal Court is hosting another FREE training opportunity. Their 3rd Annual Court Employee Summer Session is scheduled for June 25th, 2014, during the Judicial Conference.  Click here to open the registration form and agenda.  These classes are limited in size so early registration is encouraged



COJET Excellence in Education Awards


All Training Coordinators are encouraged to have COJET Excellence In Education Awards forms available during their trainings. Any judicial branch employee or committee member can nominate an individual or team demonstrating excellence in the development of curriculum and/or the delivery of training, during the calendar year. Nominations are accepted on the following website: Click HERE to download the flyer.




Meet the Legends Behind the law


A Birthday Gift for Arizona, Site Launches on Statehood Day
Press Release, February 14, 2014

Contact: Heather Murphy

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PHOENIX – On Statehood Day, the Arizona Supreme Court announces the Arizona Legal Legacies Project, an online directory of Arizona’s legal giants, at the website  The website showcases written narratives and oral accounts, and gives other ‘behind the scenes’ insights into the brilliant minds that helped shape Arizona’s legal history.  Billed as a place to “meet the legends behind the law,” this website is designed to inform educators, legal professionals, and the public at large about the people and personalities that helped develop the law in Arizona. The Arizona Supreme Court partnered with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, the State Bar of Arizona, and the Arizona Historical Society to launch the project on February 14, Arizona Statehood Day.
“I hope everyone will enjoy this site.  One of my favorite links is the Featured Cases section.  There you will find some of the most notable cases in Arizona history, along with links to the biography of the opinion’s author,” said Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch.  “This should be of interest to educators, legal professionals, and anyone with even a passing interest in Arizona’s history or legal matters in general.” The Arizona Legal Legacies Project began in the late 1980s but never reached a wide audience.  Now, anyone with internet access anywhere in the world can discover information about the people who shaped Arizona’s legal history.  Phase two of the project will continue with the addition of new interviews of legal luminaries.
“The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education began this effort knowing that whatever is not preserved for history may be lost to future generations,” said Foundation Director Dr. Kevin Ruegg.  “We are grateful for to the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Supreme Court, and State Bar of Arizona for their vital efforts to preserve and build upon Arizona’s legal legacy.”



Language Access


Re-printed from the Forum Quorum

Providing court access is critical to the judicial process. Ensuring that access extends to limited-English proficient (LEP) individuals is a priority for the Arizona courts.  In furtherance of our judicial branch strategic agenda, the Self-Service center webpage on the Arizona Supreme Court’s website is now available in Spanish at

This newly translated page offers court services information in Spanish, providing links to currently available statewide Spanish-translated forms. The web page will be the home of additional vital forms in Spanish as they become available.  This webpage is a work in progress and will be regularly updated over the next several months. General jurisdiction court forms are the initial focus for posting and justice court forms will be posted before municipal court forms.  A special thanks goes to Maricopa Superior Court for their assistance with general jurisdiction forms as the work they completed previously has set the stage for modifying forms for statewide use with relative ease.

The majority of the forms are available in dual language, listing the English and Spanish on the same page, while the instruction pages are usually monolingual.  The goal is for all the frequently-used vital forms in various case types to be made available on-line for court users to access remotely and complete in English prior to filing in court. Enhancements to the site are anticipated within the next several months.   Some of these changes will focus on providing support for non-bilingual court staff to assist LEP persons. AOC enlists court staff’s help in spreading the word about the availability of these forms and have asked court administrators to add this hyperlink of AOC’s Spanish Self-Service Center (El Centro de Autoservicio) page to each court’s website. For any questions or more information regarding language access, please contact Carol Mitchell at 602.452.3965 or via email at [email protected]



Free Online Training


Checkout for over 500 free online courses available to individual learners. Whatever you see is free. Simply find the course you want, sign up or sign in, then study and get assessed at your own pace. It is recommended that training coordinators check out these courses and accredit them prior to their staff taking the courses.




Elder Abuse Training Resources for Judges and Court Staff


The Center for Elders and the Courts (CEC) is offering the following training resources, Elder Abuse Curriculum for State Judicial Educators. This training offers a three-part curriculum that can be adapted to meet state laws and practices. The entire program can be delivered in three to four hours. For more information on this and additional training resources, please visit




Active Shooter Training


This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation, however not all recommendations provided here will be applicable at every facility. This training can qualify for non-facilitated learning credit. Staff taking this training should check with their training coordinators and get prior approval. To access this training, go to:



Recording: TC Webinar Series - Workplace Etiquette


Workplace etiquette is an essential part of how we coexist in a professional environment. This presentation examines the most common misconceptions and issues in the workplace. In this presentation we work together to reach solutions in an effort to increase our understanding of etiquette in the professional setting. Video clips, scenarios and group participation will allow the audience to be fully immersed into the conversation. This topic is easily tailored to fit the needs of individual courts and departments. 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.


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] 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]