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Institute for New Juvenile and Family Court Judges 2019

April 22, 2019 to April 26, 2019
Reno, Nevada
The National Judicial College

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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


$1,495 includes one-year NCJFCJ membership ($195 value)


All conference sessions will be at The National Judicial College on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.


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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 $100 administrative fee. No cancellations or refunds accepted once the conference begins.


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There are a limited number of State Justice Institute (SJI) Scholarships (up to max $1,000) available for this course. All of SJI’s rules apply. Visit this page for information about eligibility and frequency, etc.:

To apply, please check the scholarship box when registering for the conference. For those successful candidates who receive a scholarship, the funding will be on a reimbursement basis, after the judge has completed the course.