The Annual Bench & Bar Academy

April 16-17, 2020, Chicago, IL -- Save the Date! Honing your skills as an advocate is crucial to your success and getting the view from the bench is often the best way to understand the best steps to take. The ABA's Bench & Bar Academy is the perfect place for you to build your advocacy skills, with our expert (judge and senior partner) panelists helping you master your advocacy ability.

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U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admissions Program

October 7, 2019, Washington, D.C. - During the 5th Annual Supreme Court Admissions Program, a small group will be sworn in to the bar of the Supreme Court on the First Monday in October and will have reserved seats during the ceremony and oral arguments, among other planned events that day.

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Judicial Renaissance

September 23-27, 2019, Bordeaux, France - Nowadays, lifelong learning is essential to maintain skill and knowledge in one’s chosen profession. During this program, judges will engage with experts from the arts, humanities, and science in order to better understand the context of the legal system and their place within it. Judges will rediscover the foundations of justice as embodied within the scope of lasting human achievements. The focus of this program will not be the specifics of legal theory but rather how the law is enhanced by other disciplines.

$500 Judicial Scholarship Eligible

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Arbitration Institute

May 9-10, 2020, Phoenix, AZ - A two-day advanced program in arbitration for litigators and neutrals, this program from the Section of Dispute Resolution is unique in that it features discussions between both leading arbitrators and advocates in each session. JD members receive a registration discount.

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Recorded Program Library

The Judicial Division is dedicated to providing new, innovative and cutting-edge programs to advance the judicial administration and provide skill development to its members. Members have access to complimentary past program recordings.

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Judicial Division Calendar

Access the meeting dates and times of Judicial Division and Conference meetings of their respective executive committees and committees.

Pro Bono Coaching Program

If you are interested in learning about the personal and professional benefits of pro bono appellate practice, the Council of Appellate Lawyers has a new program for you. The CAL Pro Bono Coaching Program matches interested CAL members with experienced appellate counsel who have specific knowledge about pro bono appeals. This program is available for CAL Members only.

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Volunteer Programs

Youth Outreach Program

Share your journey to the bench with students from local schools through the Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary Outreach Program held in conjunction with the ABA Annual and Midyear meetings.

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Judicial Clerkship Program

A joint effort of the Judicial Division and the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, this program is designed to bring judges and minority law students together through structured networking and educational activities that encourage them to apply for judicial clerkships.

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National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW)

NJOW was created 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.

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