Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges 2017

April 24, 2017 to April 28, 2017
Reno, Nevada
Renaissance Downtown Reno Hotel

The Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges is designed specifically for state and tribal judicial officers who are new to the juvenile and family court bench or who are returning to the bench after other assignments and desire a refresher course.
This intensive 4½ day program, previously known as Core College, is designed so participants can leave with increased knowledge, practical tools, and an essential foundation of best practice to use in the cases coming before them. A strong faculty of current and former judicial officers and content area experts from academic and applied settings will share their insight on ethical issues, child and adolescent development, schools and courts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, trauma-informed justice, abuse and neglect, delinquency, interpersonal violence, custody, divorce, self-represented litigants, judicial safety and security, and dealing with the media.
Accordingly, this training prepares judicial scholars for participation in other NCJFCJ institutes that delve further into the topic areas of family law, delinquency, dependency, and domestic violence. Please note that with advance notice, NCJFCJ staff can facilitate a “testing-for-credit option” for participants enrolled in the Judicial Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
This Institute is designed for judicial officers who are new to the juvenile and family court bench or who are returning to the bench after other assignments.
  • Judicial Ethics and Decision Making
  • Adults and Parenting
  • Child Development
  • Implicit Bias and Cultural Considerations
  • Best Practices in Child Welfare Cases
  • Juvenile Justice and Trauma-Informed Decision- Making
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Interviewing Children; Children as Witnesses
  • Self-Represented Litigants
  • Judicial Leadership

LEAD FACULTY | Judge Janice M. Rosa (Ret., NY), Pure Support, LLC

  • Norell Atkinson, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician Specializing in Child Abuse Pediatrics, Children's National Health System
  • Rita Cameron-Wedding, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, California State University
  • Joseph Haas, Ph.D., Psychologist, Washoe County Department Juvenile Services
  • Shawn Marsh, Ph.D., Director of Judicial Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Judge John Romero, Jr., 2nd Judicial District Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Judge Stephen Rubin (Ret.), Consultant and Mentor Judge, NCJFCJ Past President
  • Justice Nancy Saitta (Ret.), Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Victoria Sweet, JD, Program Attorney, NCJFCJ
  • Judge Chuck Weller, 2nd Judicial District Court, Reno, Nevada
Member - $1395 
Non-Member - $1590 
Become a member today and save $195 on conference registration fees and receive the benefits of membership!  
The fee difference between the member and non-member registration fee is the same price as an Active Judge Membership.  (When registering as a non-member, the registration fee does not include membership). Click here to become a member today and take advantage of discounted conference rates!
  • Click here to register online
  • Click here to download fillable PDF registration form
    • Fax completed form to (775) 507-4848; Attn:  Kristi Jones, NCJFCJ Registrar
    • Mail completed form to National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
                                           Attn: Kristi Jones, NCJFCJ Registrar
                                           P.O. Box 8970 
                                           Reno, NV 89507
  • Call Kristi Jones at (775) 507-4798 to register via phone
For questions about registration, contact Kristi Jones at (775) 507-4798 or
Payment is required upon registration.  Cancellation of conference registration must be in writing. All cancellations will incur a $50 administrative fee. No cancellations or refunds accepted once the conference begins. 
All conference sessions will be at the Renaissance Downtown Reno Hotel, 1 Lake Street, Reno, NV  89501. The NCJFCJ has reserved a room block at the Federal Rate (currently $102 per night).  Please contact Jennifer Donovan at to be certain you receive the lowest possible room rate. If your stay requires wheelchair accessibility or any other auxiliary aids and services, please inform us on your housing form (sent to you after your registration is processed).