The first ever National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW) took place March 5-11, 2017 and will take place again March 4 – 10, 2018. This year, and every year, our theme is “Preserving the Rule of Law.”
Each day, more than 30,000 judges throughout America ensure that our nation continues to be ruled by laws and that everyone is equal before the law. Our courts must apply our laws fairly and impartially and not be influenced by the “ill humors” of popular, partisan, and special interests. One of the most effective ways to promote public understanding and commitment to preserving the Rule of Law is for the public to meet the dedicated public servants who are America’s judges and to appreciate their unwavering commitment to fairness, impartiality, and the rule of law.
The ABA Judicial Division’s Judicial Outreach Network urged active and retired judges to invite their communities to their courthouses and to go out into their communities during National Judicial Outreach Week 2017 to meet with the public and talk about the Rule of Law and the work courts do every day.
The Judicial Outreach Network prepared a National Judicial Outreach Week Information Packet that explains the how and why of Judicial Outreach Week. The Judicial Outreach Network also developed a concise PowerPoint presentation entitled Preserving the Rule of Law (Judicial Version) (ALJ Version) and Speaker Notes that you can use or adapt to your own style and preferences. The presentation has been carefully crafted to provide an understandable description of the Rule of Law and to foster discussion between speakers and audiences.