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Epicenter for Judicial Education celebrated during reception on University campus Monday, Oct. 8

October 5, 2018

Collaboration offers exclusive headquarters for educating judges, improving system of justice

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program, The National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, with more than 160 years of combined judicial education experience, are helping to prepare our country’s most important decision-makers and leaders serving the third branch of government.

Together, the presence of these three unique but allied institutions in one locale create the newly formed Epicenter for Judicial Education and contribute to the University and Northern Nevada being considered by many,the judicial education epicenter of the nation.

"Most people don't realize that these three organizations in Northern Nevada have more judges come through their doors for education each year than anywhere else that we know of in the nation – and perhaps the world,” Shawn Marsh, director of Judicial Studies and associate professor of Communication Studies and Social Psychology at the University, said.

Joey Orduna Hastings, chief executive officer of the NCJFCJ, said the Council relies on the strength of its members and partners to provide the best education, training and research to every judicial professional in the country.

“Our invaluable and longstanding partnerships with both the University of Nevada, Reno and The National Judicial College is essential to providing access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice to every individual, family and child," Orduna Hastings said.  

“The Judicial Studies Program and the NCJFCJ are like family to us – closer, even in some ways,” President and CEO of the National Judicial College Hon. Benes Aldana said. “We collaborate on many fronts. No other region has so many judicial education resources serving so many different kinds of judges from so many places all across the country and beyond. We are all committed to making the world a more just place.”

WHAT: Launch event for new, collaborative Epicenter for Judicial Education

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 8, noon-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Joe Crowley Student Union, Great Room, Fourth Floor

WHO: President and CEO of the National Judicial College Hon. Benes Aldana (Ret.); CEO of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Joey Orduna Hastings; University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson; University Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Debra Moddelmog; and Director of the University’s Judicial Studies Program Shawn Marsh

PARKING: Marked media vehicles are not permitted to park in disabled zones, red zones and no-parking zones. If you arrive without a marked vehicle, place a media badge or credentials on the dashboard.

MORE: THE NCJFCJ is also holding a reception from 5-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, in celebration of the new Epicenter. The office is located downtown at 300 East Second St., Suite 1500.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS: The NJC focuses on the education of judges who hear criminal and civil cases. The NCJFCJ focuses on training, technical assistance, research and policy development in the area of juvenile and family law. The University’s Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program grants both master and doctoral degrees in judicial studies to judges who seek to rise to the top of their profession through rigorous scholarship focused on the most pressing challenges in the legal system today. See attached brochure for more information.

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