2011 Schedule

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
 7:15 a.m. Buses leave Hilton for Church
Breakfast provided.
 9:15 a.m. Processional
Convocation & Memorial Service 
New Psalmist Baptist Church
**Bring Robes
3:00 p.m. Judicial Council Executive Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. Chair’s Reception
University of Maryland School of Law


9:30 a.m. Plenary
Processional of judges in robes
10:30 a.m.   Opening Session and Rededication Ceremony
11:30 a.m.   Judicial Council Photo
2:00 p.m.   Seminar I
“The Mystique of the Federal Court – All That Glitters…”

Objective: The lure of the prestige of a lifetime appointment and the potential to create law that has far-reaching effects and will leave a legacy is intriguing. In this session, we will debunk the myths and explore the realities of life on the Federal Bench. We will also analyze the recent trends and changes in the law, rules of court and procedure that impact the federal judiciary and the bar.
7:30 p.m.   General Session and Welcome to Baltimore Reception
Douglass Myers Museum
10:00 a.m. SEMINAR II:
“The Impact of Social Media and the Internet on Courtrooms and Judicial Ethics”

Objective: The Internet, e-mail, social networking sites, and other aspects of today’s technology provide new opportunities for efficiencies and ethical dilemmas. This session will explore some of the opportunities and dilemmas with which judges have come face-to-face. This session will discuss real life examples and applicable ethical provisions that will provide a lasting learning experience for members of the judiciary and the bar.
1:30 p.m.   SEMINAR III:
“Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence”

Objective: To define domestic violence noting the widening purview, including elder abuse, and emphasize the necessity for ongoing training related to criminal and civil cases for both the judiciary and the bar. To educate the judiciary and practitioners about the escalating incidences of elder abuse and domestic violence and how the two issues often overlap. To discuss effective judicial strategies for responding to the needs of our nation’s graying population. We will also discuss the importance of developing policies to identify domestic violence and elder abuse, and to improve and expedite access to the court system for victims of both. We will also share successful court based and community based programs to use as resources for the court.
3:30 p.m.   General Business Meeting/Elections
7:00 p.m.   NBA President’s Reception
Reginald Lewis African American Museum
9:30 a.m. SEMINAR IV:
“Expert Witnesses and the Use of Computer Generated Evidence”

Objective: In the high-tech courtrooms of today, the use of computer generated evidence is fast becoming common place. A well done computer simulation “to illustrate testimony” can be very persuasive and may have an effect beyond merely illustrating the expert’s testimony. In this session, we will analyze the permissible uses for such evidence, the potential prejudicial effect this type of evidence can have on a jury, and learn some practical methods to maximize the effective use of such evidence and minimize the prejudicial effect. The session will conclude with an overview of recent cases impacting the Federal Rules of Evidence.
12:00 p.m.   Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Luncheon
View 2011 Awardees
3:00 p.m.   Business Meeting
7:00 p.m.   86th Annual Convention Awards Banquet
10:00 p.m.   Afterglow