Judicial Division

The Judicial Division (JD) is the ABA's home to judges, lawyers, tribal members, court administrators, academics and students interested in the courts and the justice system.

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The Role of the Bankruptcy Law Clerk

Judge Frank J. Bailey and Judge Elizabeth Snow Stong detail how a law clerk assists a judge in bankruptcy court, including: the role of a term clerk, attending hearings, writing letters and opinions and managing administrative duties.

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JD Record: Fall 2019 | Volume 23 Issue 1

The fall issue includes highlights from the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting, information on committee enrollment, and features chairs columns for each Conference and Council highlighting recent and upcoming activities.

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2019-2020 Committee Enrollment Open

Get involved in the Judicial Division through our committees! Terms begin on September 1st, and end on August 31st. There is no fee to join a committee. You must be a current member of the a JD conference to enroll.

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The Judges' Journal: Judges and the Media

The quickly evolving world of media has left some judges struggling to adapt. Judge Epps and other authors in this issue of The Judges’ Journal warn about the pitfalls of judges interacting poorly with the media, but they also suggest that avoidance is not the answer. Effectively interacting with the media can allow transparency and help maintain the public’s confidence in the judiciary.


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Our Committees

Our Committees

Share your expertise and enhance your career

The committees of the Judicial Division contribute and assist the initiatives and work of the Division, including opportunities to work on policy proposals, be published or speak at programs.

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$500 Judicial Scholarships

Judge members in the Judicial Division are eligible for a $500 judicial scholarship to any in-person course at the National Judicial College.

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Our Periodicals

The Judges' Journal

The Judicial Division's award-winning quarterly publication is one of the nation's foremost judicial journals and the authoritative source on innovations in the justice system. A subscription in print and digital is included with membership.

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Judicial Division Record

The Division's quarterly digital newsletter is your source for JD and Conference related activities, projects, products, and upcoming meetings and programs.

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Support the Judiciary

Support the Judiciary

Give the Gift of Justice

Donating to the Judicial Division demonstrates your commitment to the improvement of the justice system. We serve as the judicial voice of the ABA and your tax-deductible contribution supports policies, programming and projects affecting the judiciary on a national level. Please consider the Judicial Division for online donations, gifts, or planned giving. Please check the drop-down menu for specific conferences, or support the work of the Division.

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Contact the Judicial Division at 800.238.2667 x 5687.