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Benchmarks: Journal of the New York State Unified Court System

Winter 2006


Program Highlights

MARCH 2, 2006
Lunch and Learn Series: Preserving, Presenting and Preparing Medical Evidence in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

This program will review the medical aspects of child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, including proper work-up and issues of abuse imitators. The program also will address the forensic pediatrics approach to cases of child abuse and neglect.

MARCH 27, 2006
How to Plan and Present Legal Educational Programs

This faculty development workshop is designed for those judges who are interested in teaching at Judicial Institute programs. Through an interactive workshop led by nationally-recognized judicial educators, participants will explore effective presentation techniques.

APRIL 26-27, 2006
The New York Listening Conference
Marx Hotel, Syracuse

Among the nine recognized Indian nations and tribes in New York State there are several court and justice systems. As some of the tribes transition to written law systems from oral traditions, or create new courts, state and federal courts will be confronted with complex new issues of jurisdiction. Bringing state and federal judges together with tribal court judges and representatives, the conference offers a unique opportunity to identify developing issues and ways to minimize and resolve conflicts among these justice systems. The conference, the first of its kind in New York, is cosponsored by the New York Federal-State-Tribal Courts Forum and the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance and Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law.

MAY 2, 2006
New Approaches to Handling Juvenile Sex Offender Cases

This one-day training, open to Family Court judges statewide, will provide participants with a greater understanding of the appropriate and necessary tools to make better decisions regarding the disposition of juvenile sex offender cases. Current approaches and innovative practices will be discussed so that judges will be better able to tailor dispositions to address the specific and unique risks and needs of juvenile sex offenders.

MAY 17, 2006
Enhancing Voter Participation in Judicial Elections
This conference will address one of the recommendations of the Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections (the Feerick Commission) and develop practical approaches to inform voters about candidates for judicial elections in order to enhance voter understanding of and participation in this important democratic process. Participants will include members of the Feerick Commission, the judiciary, community and bar organizations, the press and educators.

MAY 23, 2006
Partners in Justice Colloquium: Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges - The Dialogue Continues
In May 2005, Partners in Justice: A Colloquium on Developing Collaborations Among Courts, Law School Clinical Programs and the Practicing Bar brought together members of the judiciary, law school clinicians and attorneys to discuss collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Participants explored collateral consequences affecting employment, housing, immigration and sentencing enhancements and discussed the legal profession’s approaches to representation of people convicted of crimes. The colloquium sparked enthusiastic responses from judges, academics and lawyers who attended and confirmed the importance of collaboration. The May 2006 colloquium will review the work accomplished since the 2005 gathering, explore developments in collateral consequences law and identify specific areas for continued collaboration.

2005-2006 Legal Updates

The Judicial Institute will continue its 2005/2006 Legal Update Program for court attorneys at the following locations:

MARCH 7 - 8
Marriott Hotel
101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY

Marriott Hotel
101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY

Winter 2006 PDF Format
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State of the Judiciary Judicial Elections Report Summary Jury Trials Indigent Defense Services Multi-Hat Judge Matrimonial Commission Solo & Small Firm Practice Office of Self-Represented National Adoption Day Court Reporters Listening Conference Construction Update Historic Courthouses and Trials Did You Know? Judicial Institute Calendar UCS Katrina Fund Update Black History Month


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