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Keys to a Successful Program

Successful, sustainable court-education programs require far more than a downloadable PowerPoint lecture presentation. They require collaboration between key players, administrative support and some fundraising.

Of particular value is participation by state and federal judges, and the state bar associations. State bars have provided presenters, scheduling assistance, and often have directly reached out to other community and professional organizations. In 2011, the New Hampshire Bar Association succeeded, in a matter of months, in making court-education presentations at every Rotary Club in the state.

Judges themselves need to be willing to engage the community, both on and off the bench. In addition to speaking presentations, some state supreme courts, notably including Iowa in the last year, have begun holding oral arguments around the state, so that the public can see them at work.

For a detailed discussion of the types of elements needed for a successful program, see Colorado: Keys to Success, as written by organizers of the Our Courts Colorado program.

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