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Join the JEN 2021 Fellowship Program - Open Recruitment Opportunity!

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Judicial Engagement NetworkThe NCJFCJ Needs Your Help!

We are offering a unique opportunity for judges to connect and engage with their peers to benefit their court and communities. We hope you will help us widely distribute the attached materials to ensure the information reaches a diverse population of judicial officers from state, local, tribal, territory, and federal court systems.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is committed to diversity in every aspect of its composition and in performing its mission. Diversity in the judiciary is vital to upholding public trust and confidence in the legal system. Diversity in this context refers to communities and individuals who are identified by race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, or disability status.

The NCJFCJ, in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation, supports the Judicial Engagement Network (JEN). The JEN is a unique project led by judges, for judges seeking to improve court and community responses to domestic violence, including dating violence, abuse in later life, sexual assault, and stalking.

The JEN Fellowship Program, a relatively new program under JEN, is seeking its third class of judicial leaders. The JEN Fellowship Program allows judges to enhance their skills as judicial leaders within the court and in their communities. Please see the attached 2021 Fellowship Program announcement and application package.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 national cohort of fellows for the JEN Fellowship Program. We are seeking applications for projects focused on creating systems change in communities and courts to address the intersections of domestic violence and the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, racial injustice, and bias within systems or institutional barriers to access to justice.

JEN Fellowship Program Overview

The JEN Fellowship Program seeks to develop a sustainable network of committed judges who have demonstrated the skill and the passion to implement positive changes within their courts and their communities. The JEN Fellowship Program also helps the judicial Fellows further develop their leadership skills around specific projects to enhance their communities’ response to intimate partner violence, while also preparing them to serve as mentors to new judges locally and nationally.

The deadline for Fellowship applications is November 20, 2020. For more information, please contact Heather Hull, Program Specialist, NCJFCJ, at

JEN Fellowship Application Package

About JEN

The mission of the Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) is to identify, engage, encourage, and support judges, nationally, who will lead the effort to improve court responses to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, abuse in later life, and stalking. JEN will identify, connect, and bring together judges on a regular basis to promote cutting-edge best practices, increase access to justice, provide resources for continuing judicial education, and encourage collaboration among all judges. To learn more about JEN click the button below.

Visit the JEN Website

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-TA-AX-K026 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication, program, exhibition, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.