Education Services Division, Arizona Supreme Court
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.

  • 1              Judicial Staff Education Committee (JSEC) meeting
  • 5-8          Arizona Court Executive (ACE) - AZ Plus Executive Capstone
  • 18-20      Legal Competency & Restoraction Conference for Mental Health Professionals
  • 18-22      Detention Officer Academy


  • 2-4           Faculty Skills Development
  • 10-12       Arizona Court Executive (ACE) - Institute for Court Management (ICM), Court Community Communications

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

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Annual COJET Project - Emerging Technology, Law and Ethics


Join Dr. Gary Marchant as he examines new and emerging fields of technology and their ramifications for the legal world in this informative and engaging new video from the Education Services Division's Education Technologies Unit and the Committee for Judicial Education and Training.


Advances in genetics have been moving at an exponential rate, but courts across the country have been working to help define their role as a relatively new field of evidence. Find out why that sip of water you took in a board meeting just might come back to haunt you in a court of law.


No longer the stuff of science-fiction stories and movies, nanotechnology is very real and very much among us. Chances are you’re already using a company’s product that takes advantage of these tiny machines without even being aware of it. However, could there be legal repercussions for these companies?


“You already have zero privacy. Get over it.” So said Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy in 1999. Was he right? From employers monitoring their employee’s every move and keystroke to the concept that no matter where we go we’re always on camera, this technology may have a huge impact on the courts.


Now that the world has access to your genetic information, can your very thoughts and feelings be revealed without your consent? Whether it’s used to confirm innocence or prove guilt, the technology used to read a litigant’s mind has amazing potential for our legal system.


What happens in cyberspace stays in cyberspace, right? Well, not so fast there. With virtual worlds dealing out actual currency and allowing people to conduct very real business, the line between the real world and the electronic one has never been blurrier. What this means for the courts is still being determined.

To access the course, click this link:



The Court Leadership Institute of Arizona (CLIA) - By Kent Batty, Court Administrator - Superior Court in Pima County.

Page reprinted with permission from the Minute Entry Newsletter for August 2013, Superior Court: Pima County

On its website, the Administrative Office of the Courts describes its Leadership Institute as “a program… dedicated to providing education programs to Arizona court leaders… (which) aims to be relevant, accessible, and innovative… (and) …develops workshops and seminars targeted at supervisors, project managers, program managers, court administrators, clerks of court, judges with administrative duties, probation managers, and other executive-level court administrators.”  The Institute’s critical thrust is to provide training for professional growth for employees and judges who either hold or aspire to hold leadership positions at any level and, in doing so, to support effective leadership succession. It accomplishes this mostly through its partnership with the Institute for Court Management (ICM) of the National Center for State Courts, delivering seminars to Arizona court administrators and judges several times a year, using faculty from within the Arizona judiciary.  However, it also provides other training programs, including a two-part, 6-day one for new and aspiring presiding judges.


The Leadership Institute is guided by the Court Leadership Institute of Arizona (CLIA) committee, a standing committee of the Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET).  Having been involved with its development from the start in 2004, I have served as the committee’s chair for three years now.  My thorough acquaintance with the Leadership Institute has perhaps obscured the fact that it may not be so well known among the majority of court employees. So, to compensate for that, here’s a short description of what the Institute offers.

There’s a long back story that I won’t bore you with, but it essentially culminates with this partnership between ICM and the Arizona AOC. We’re one of only seven states with this arrangement. What we get from the partnership is the ability to have trained Arizona faculty who teach the ICM courses here, saving attendees or their courts lots of money.  ICM offers two certifications, each of which can be obtained here in Arizona.  If a person wants a certification with the “ICM brand” on it, he or she can get that for a small extra fee per course (and at the highest level an out-of-state seminar).


On the other hand, the Leadership Institute offers its own certifications at three levels:  the Arizona Court Supervisor (ACS), Court Manager (ACM) and Court Executive (ACE).  These programs don’t have extra fees associated with them.  So, court employees and judges can pursue these credentials at only the cost of travel and lodging.  (All are offered in Phoenix.)  And they do have all the content of the ICM classes and include Arizona-specific segments that enhance the learning experience.

As you can imagine, the coursework at each level delves progressively deeper into aspects of supervision, management and leadership.  And, depending on the type of position you occupy, there is also a tiered progression for entry into the program.  For example, a person currently not in a supervisory position would not routinely be admitted to the ACE program:  he or she would need to go through one or both of the other training programs first.


Not all of the offerings require travel to Phoenix.  Many of the offerings for supervisors can be taken on-line, at your desk, whether as computer-based classes or as webinars.  The ACM and ACE courses, however, all currently require participants to meet face-to-face in Phoenix.  The on-line courses tend to be shorter, measured in minutes and hours, but the ACE segments generally run 2 ½ days.  Of course, all the offerings qualify for COJET credit.


Anyone interested in developing themselves professionally for a higher level position or for better leadership skills is eligible for at least one of these programs.  You can obtain further information from the AOC’s website, under the Educational Services section, or from our own training division.  If this sounds interesting to you, please check with one of these sources or your supervisor.


COJET Annual Compliance Reporting - Fast Approaching


The 2013 COJET compliance reporting season is fast approaching!  What can local Training Coordinators do to ensure the compliance reporting process runs smoothly?  Please read the October 16, email  - Prepare Yourself for COJET Compliance Reporting 2013, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) disseminated to statewide Training Coordinators by the Arizona Supreme Court, Education Services Division; it outlines important steps you can take to organize yourself and obtain important records in a timely manner.  

In addition, WebEx sessions entitled “2013 COJET Compliance Reporting Review” have been scheduled on December 4 and 5 and are geared toward new training coordinators who would like additional review of the reporting materials and process.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Please register for only one of the following dates:   Wednesday, December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or Thursday, December 5, 2012 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm, by the registration deadline on December 3, 2013.

You will participate remotely via your computer and will need a headset with microphone.  A link to the online session and instructions on how to enroll are below: 


·         Go to

·         Click the “Upcoming” tab.

·         Look for “COJET Compliance Review 2013 (choose one session December 4th or 5th) and click on “Register”.

·         Enter registration password: CCR2013

·         You will receive a confirmation email with attendance instructions from [email protected] .

·         Retain confirmation email to log into the session on the day of session. 

Please test your ability to access WebEx by clicking on  For technically issues please contact your IT department.

Links to the 2013 COJET Annual Compliance Reporting form(s) will be posted on the Education Services Division website on Monday, December 2, 2013.  Feel free to contact Vikki Murillo at [email protected], Education Services Division for reporting questions.



Save the Date and Planning Survey - 2014 Training Coordinators Conference


The 2014 Training Coordinators Conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014! The Education Services Division is committed to offering a high-quality Conference which best meets all participants’ learning needs.  Towards that end, we are seeking your individual input.

Please take a few minutes and complete the following anonymous survey by Friday, November 29, 2013.  The results of this survey will be provided to the Conference Planning Committee for the 2014 Training Coordinators Conference, and will help inform the development of the 2014 Judicial Conference agenda.




2013 Blended Staff Conference Update


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our first JSEC sponsored Blended Learning Staff conference on September 20, 2013.  Thank you to the training coordinators, field trainers, presenters, panelists, and committee chairs. 25 courts statewide took part in the live opening and closing plenaries, in addition to some courts hosting in-house breakout sessions. A total of 408 court staff took part in this one day conference. Both plenaries Everyone A Leader: Courts and Their Leadership Roles and Transformative Leadership: Making a Difference are now available online.  To access these recording, click on:

Once the sessions have ended, please click on the link to the evaluation forms, complete them and then print your certificates of attendance.  If you have questions about accessing the recording or the handouts, please email [email protected].



2013 Recorded Webinars


TC Webinar Online Library – Materials which accompany each program can be downloaded at http://supreme22/tc/TC_Courses.htm  

To access these recordings:


·         Click on this Link:

·         Click on the link Recorded Session

·         Click on a TC Webinar Series class

·         Click View or Download



1.       TC Webinar Series: Can You Hear Me Now?-

Faculty: Deb King, AOC 

(1 hour 35 min.)

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.


2.       TC Webinar Series: Ethics Lab for Court employees

Faculty: Hon. Nicole Laurin-Walker, Gilbert Municipal Court 

(1 hour, 5 min.)

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.


3.       TC Webinar Series - Preventing Unlawful Harassment

Faculty: Linda Yarbrough, Mohave County Superior Court 

(55 min.)

Preventing Unlawful Harassment 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.


4.       TC Webinar Series - Strategies on Improving Employee Engagement

Faculty: Linda Yarbrough, Mohave County Superior Court 

(60 min.)

We know that committed and loyal employees have a direct impact on a court’s performance but how do we go about measuring employee engagement? How do great managers inspire top performance in employees? In this webinar, Linda Yarbrough, Human Resource Manager with the Superior Court in Mohave County, shares the experience of the Mohave County Court system in conducting the annual CourTools Employee Satisfaction Survey. She discusses how the book titled ‘12 Elements of Great Managing’ by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter, Ph.D. has been a catalyst for discussion with managers and employees on creating and sustaining employee engagement. Linda also shares curriculum used by Mohave County courts to facilitate discussion between supervisors and employees on ways to improve employee engagement within their courts. Training Coordinators interested in delivering this topic for training, can easily tailor this curriculum to fit their needs.


5.       TC Webinar Series: To Accredit or Not To Accredit?

Faculty:  Julie Binter, AOC 

(60 min.)

Sometimes the code can feel like you are reading Shakespeare. Even our veteran Training Coordinators have told us that accreditation is an ongoing challenge that never really goes away. But the good news is that it does get easier with knowledge and experience. Join Julie Binter from the Education Services Division as she digs deeper into the code on accreditation, discusses strategies for effectively translating it into practice and asks you to test yourself on a few examples.


6.       TC Webinar Series: "What Is Ethics?" facilitated and non-facilitated curriculum

Faculty: Laura Beeson-Davis, Pima County Superior Court 

(45 min.)

In this recording of the April TC Webinar, Laura Beeson-Davis, Pima County Field Trainer, provides an overview of her "What Is Ethics?” curriculum. Laura's curriculum offers the best of both worlds as it can be used in a facilitated classroom or as a 30 minute non-facilitated learning opportunity. TO WATCH THE VIDEOS: Pause the recording when you see the YouTube screen and then press the Play button in the window. When finished, resume the recording.




Music Soundtracks

Free Stock Music

Free Stock Music offers a wide variety of music in different genres that can be used in your training projects! The music on their website comes with a royalty-free license allowing you to use their music free. To access their website, click on:





The Wendell website is a one-stop-shop for a variety of training and information resources for judges and other judicial officers are all levels.    Included on this website are the “Training Opportunities” and “Cojet Credit” pages. 

The “Training Opportunities” page provides a constantly-updated list of regional and national training opportunities covering a variety of subject areas.  Many of these trainings are partially- or fully-funded.  The “Cojet Credit” page contains a variety of trainings which participants can do right on their computers, including self-paced trainings, video trainings, and computer-facilitated trainings. 

Encourage your judges and judicial officers to visit Wendell often!



New Curriculum Available to check out!


Listening Skills” is an engaging training curriculum, hosted by Lisa J. Downs. It focuses on helping participants be aware of their listening behaviors and then develop the skills necessary to be an effective listener. This book helps accelerate development and effective training to prepare participants to improve their listening skills and their overall communication with others.

Time Management” is a training curriculum, hosted by Lisa J. Downs. This training assists participants become aware of their time management behaviors and then develop the skills necessary to become effective time managers.

The Education Services Division has purchased both curricula for use by Training Coordinators.  They can be customized to fit your organization’s specific training needs. To check out these training curricula, please contact Vikki Cipolla-Murillo at [email protected] or 602.452.3005.