chevron-down Created with Sketch Beta.
Judicial Division

Judicial Outreach Network

Co-Chairs: Hon. Emily Chafa (ret.) and Hon. Tom Snook (Ret.)

About the Committee

The purpose of the Judicial Outreach Network committee is to act as a resource to both ABA and non-ABA entities seeking judges for participation in educational programs and other initiatives.

The Judicial Division is comprised of over 5,500 judges, lawyers, court administrators, academics, and students. Its membership is sub-divided into six groups: (1) Appellate Judges Conference; (2) Lawyers Conference; (3) National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary; (4) National Conference of Federal Trial Judges; (5) National Conference of Specialized Court Judges; and (6) National Conference of State Trial Judges.

Our members are knowledgeable about a wide range of justice system topics. If you are looking for an expert panelist or author on a court related issue the Judicial Outreach Network Committee will be glad to assist you.

Examples of topics include:

  • Court Funding
  • Appellate Practice
  • Judicial Independence
  • Diversity in the Judiciary
  • Juries and Jury Trials
  • Court Technology
  • Ethical Issues
  • Public Understanding of the Courts
  • Traffic Courts
  • Court Administration

The Judicial Division is the voice of the judiciary within the ABA, and our members are committed to partnering with others for outreach and education. Having a Judicial Division member participate in your program, publication, or event provides a unique perspective that will be a valuable benefit to your members.

Judicial Outreach Resource Center

The Division’s Judicial Outreach Network Committee has gathered resources from within the ABA, state and federal courts, and other national and local organizations, to be used by judges for outreach activities. The resources gathered to date can be found below.

National Judicial Outreach Week

From March 5 – 11, 2017, the Judicial Division's Judicial Outreach Network (JON) Committee launched its first ever National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW).  The purpose of this week was to encourage judges and lawyers who support a fair and impartial judiciary to engage the community directly and to confirm the public’s commitment to ensuring that the courts remain fair and impartial.  This year, NJOW events will take place from  March 1 – 10, 2023.  The JON has created materials for judges and lawyers to use as a resource for scheduling presentations and for encouraging colleagues to do the same.

Contact or Join

Join the Judicial Outreach Network by contacting our staff, Kris, or by enrolling online.

Kris Berliant
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Need a Judge as a Speaker or Panelist? We Can Help! 

Contact the Judicial Outreach Network Committee.