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October 07, 2022 Judicial Division

JD Director's Column

By Ms. Tori Jo Wible, Chicago, IL

Fall is here again, the new bar year has begun, with all the excitement of new programs, new leaders, and this year with the promise of in-person meetings.

Looking back, it was a great year. The JD put on 29 programs, even more than last year’s record-breaking total. The JD collaborated with more entities and established a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the Association of European Administrative Judges. The ABA Graphic Design Team created two award winning covers; one for The Judges Journal issue “The Impact of Emerging Cannabis Laws on Courts” (Winter 2021) and another for “Championship Mock Trial,” one of the most recent publications released by the JD’s Book Editorial Board.

Looking forward, Judge Ernestine Gray will be focusing on children and families, to no one’s surprise. She isn’t looking to create new programs but has asked the conferences and committees to look at their programs and work through the lens of children and families in the judicial system. The conferences and committees are all hard at work and we’ve already begun planning for the Midyear Meeting in New Orleans.

The JD budget remained stable. Unfortunately, staff has not. Amanda Banninga, long-time staff for State Trial, Federal Trial, Appellate Judges, Council of Appellate Lawyers and Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys, took a position with an international association. We will miss her for all the tremendous work she did, and her great ideas and her cheerful smile. We will be interviewing for the position and hope to have it filled by the end of the year!

Ms. Tori Jo Wible

Ms. Tori Jo Wible

Judicial Division Director, Chief Counsel

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