President's Message

Welcome to the American Judges Association Homepage.   We hope you’ll check in with us frequently. We are confident that once you become more familiar with this website you will begin to see it as your passport to the wide variety of resources, tools and opportunities which the American Judges Association creates and supports to help you be a better judge.  We work enthusiastically to make our organization more effective at fulfilling its mission and look especially for members who will become more engaged in the work of our robust organization.  Our goal, especially this year, is to stay in touch with you so that you will stay in touch with us.  For, example, let us know how you will participate with us in the ongoing efforts to improve this web resource.


  • AJA Past President Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 William H. Rehnquist Award of Judicial Excellence. Judge Leben served as AJA President from 2006-2007 and is being honored for his extensive work in the area of procedural fairness. Complete information is available here. Congratulations Judge Leben!

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    A free, online, comprehensive Domestic Violence educational resource for judges. 

    This course contains interactive modules on key topics which will allow judges to learn at their own pace from leading national experts.

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  • AJA spent time at its 2014 midyear meeting discussing strategic planning.  The report developed from that discussion is available here.

  • Extra,  Extra read all about it...AJA Past President, Judge Kevin Burke (MN), again writes thoughtfully and insightfully, this time about judges and technology.

  • AJA Presents 2013 American Gavel Award
    The American Judges Association presented its fourth American Gavel Award for National Distinguished Reporting about the Judiciary to Andrew Cohen last week during the annual conference. (More)

  • The Sedona Conference® announces new publication
    The Sedona Conference® has just released its latest publication, The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary. The Resources are intended to assist state and federal judges with the management of electronically stored information ("ESI") in civil discovery and at trial, focusing on the "stages of litigation from a judge's perspective," beginning with the preservation of ESI and proceeding through the initial case management order, the resolution of discovery disputes, trial issues, and post-judgment awards of ESI-related costs. (More.)

  • The American judges Association is proud to announce its partnership with the National Association of Women Judges' Informed Voter-Fair Judges initiative. Please go to the following link (visit our website) for more information about this important effort by judges to better inform citizens about the importance of having fair and impartial courts to fulfilling the aspirations of citizens in a democracy and guaranteeing opportunities to live prosperous, productive, complete and fulfilling lives.

  • New Center on Access to Justice for All
    Technical assistance available through new Center on Court Access to Justice for All. The National Center for State Courts has launched a new Web site to assist courts in their efforts to expand access to justice. For more information, see this announcement or visit the Access Center at www.ncsc.org/atj. (Announcement.)

  • AJA is pleased to announce a new affinity credit card program. You can support AJA while earning rewards for yourself by applying for and using a custom Visa® Platinum Card. We encourage you to go to this link - http://www.cardpartner.com/affinity/app/aja - to learn more and to apply for your new card.

  • AJA announces completion of an updated booklet for judges on domestic violence - Domestic Violence and the Courtroom, Knowing the Issues... Understanding the Victim.

2014 Midyear Meeting
May 1-3 
Scottsdale, Arizona

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2014 Annual Conference

October 5-10
Las Vegas, Nevada