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MJI Judge Webinar Offerings - November and December 2020

Webinar Offerings

For more information on each webinar, please click on the links below:

Enhancing Justice, Reducing Bias - Thursday, November 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

Minimizing Elder Abuse: Identifying Possible Indicators and Best Practice Responses in Guardianship Proceedings - Tuesday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Family Division Proceedings Involving Older Adults - Thursday, December 10, 2020 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

All webinars will include functionality for participants to ask questions of the faculty.



Enhancing Justice, Reducing Bias Webinar

Thursday, November 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

Faculty: Honorable Karen Arnold-Burger, Chief Judge, Kansas Court of Appeals.  Judge Arnold-Burger has been an appellate and trial judge for 28 years. She has taught at the National Judicial College and is a frequent American Bar Association speaker on implicit bias, racial profiling, and disproportionate minority confinement.

Judges strive to hold fair hearings and analyze evidence and arguments logically and impartially before rendering decisions. How might a judge’s unconscious bias, personal experiences, and cultural background effect the judge’s interpretation of the words and actions of others? This presentation will increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of cultural norms and bias on judicial decision making and strategies judges may employ to fairly and impartially perform their judicial duties.

Registration: To access this webinar, you must register by clicking HERE. After your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Zoom with your personal link to join the webinar. We strongly suggest that you do not forward your Zoom confirmation e-mail for use by another individual.

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Minimizing Elder Abuse: Identifying Possible Indicators and Best Practice Responses in Guardianship Proceedings Webinar

Tuesday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Faculty: Ms. Jennifer White, Esq., Futures without Violence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Honorable Janice Martin, Retired, Kentucky Trial Court; and Honorable John Tomlinson, St Clair County Probate Court.

As the United States population ages, Probate Courts will see more guardianship proceedings involving older adults in isolated living situations, who may have cognitive impairments, and who rely on assistance with daily care needs from family or caregivers to remain in their home. What are the considerations in determining whether a guardianship is necessary and how should a court respond in guardianship proceedings to:

  • Discern indicators of elder abuse (physical, emotion, financial), recognize common trauma reactions and ensure the survivor is connected with community support resources serving older adults;
  • Promote self-determination;
  • Identify the least restrictive alternatives; and
  • Clearly identify the guardian’s role and authority.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify how elder abuse may present in cases in the probate court.
  • Consider the pervasiveness of ageism in the system and how assumptions based on age can have harmful effects on older litigants in the court.
  • Discuss what it means to create survivor centered and trauma informed determinations in your cases.

Registration: To access this webinar, you must register by clicking HERE. After your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Zoom with your personal link to join the webinar. We strongly suggest that you do not forward your Zoom confirmation e-mail for use by another individual.

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Family Division Proceedings Involving Older Adults Webinar

Thursday, December 10, 2020 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Faculty: Ms. Jennifer White, Esq., Futures without Violence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Honorable Janice Martin,  Retired, Kentucky Trial Court; and Honorable Amy Ronayne Krause, Court of Appeals and Chair, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Lansing.

As 10,000 Americans turn 65 daily, more older adults will be involved in Family Division Proceedings. What are the considerations and how should a court respond in proceedings involving older family member victims? Examples of possible scenarios include:

  • A delinquency matter involving a juvenile using violence and the victim is the caregiver grandparent;
  • A PPO proceeding involving a couple married 60 years, the Respondent spouse uses a wheelchair, and the Petitioner spouse, has bite marks on both arms, relies on a cane, and is alleging great fear of the Respondent and requesting a Protective Order that would bar Respondent from the marital home.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify how elder abuse may present in cases in the Family Division.
  • Consider the pervasiveness of ageism in the system and how assumptions based on age can have harmful effects on older litigants in the court.
  • Discuss what it means to create survivor centered and trauma informed determinations in your cases.

Registration: To access this webinar, you must register by clicking HERE. After your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Zoom with your personal link to join the webinar. We strongly suggest that you do not forward your Zoom confirmation e-mail for use by another individual.

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