43rd Annual Conference
July 7-12, 2024
Windjammer Inn and Conference Center
1076 Williston Rd.
S. Burlington VT 05403

Room Reservations:
Call the hotel (Windjammer Inn and Conference Center) directly at 1-802-8631125 or book online

There is a free airport shuttle to the hotel from the Burlington International Airport

Room Rates:
$155.00 per night plus taxes and fees
(1 Queen bed or 2 Double beds)


Previous Annual Conferences


2023 Annual Conference
Registration Open!
42nd Annual Education Conference
“Building Partnerships & Judicial Fellowship”


University of Nevada-Reno / Silver Legacy Hotel
Reno, Nevada

Hotel Reservations through here or call (800) 687-8733
The room rate applies to online booking.
An additional $15 service fee applies to phone reservations.

URGENT! If you plan to arrive for the 2023 Conference in Reno, Nevada Before the Council Meeting on Sunday, July 16th, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. There are a limited number of rooms at the Group Rate (based on availability) for arrivals & late departures, and these rooms are going fast.

  • Rate: $97.00 plus taxes/fees; the resort fee is included within the Room block
  • Room block code: SRNJA3 (expires June 16)
  • Availability: rate is usable for three (3) days before & after the conference, based on availability.


Travel details

  • Fly into the Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
  • The hotel shuttle operates every day from 4 am-12 am, every 30 minutes
    - Shuttle Phone: (775)329-4777
    - Located by the luggage carousel, labeled as “The Row” which covers Silver Legacy, the El Dorado & Circus Circus



Please bring an item representing your state for the NJA Foundation scholarship auction!


Message from NJA President:

Greetings Members and Colleagues!

We are pleased to invite you to join us at our 42nd Annual Judicial Education Conference being held July 16th through July 21st, 2023, in Reno, Nevada. We are excited to be partnering with the National Judicial College in Reno for this very special event. Through this partnership our members are offered some excellent judicial education at the highest level. Classes will be held at the college on the campus of the University of Nevada-Reno. We anticipate offering a minimum of fifteen hours of continuing legal education credits (CLE). The specific courses are still being decided and will be provided later.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Silver Legacy Resort located at 407 North Virginia Street in downtown Reno. The judicial college is further down at 1664 N. Virginia Street, but it is within walking distance (for some) and there is bus transportation.

In addition to providing some well-rounded education sessions, we offer this as a time for personal and professional refreshment and a chance to meet and reconnect with fellow members. We will be holding our signature events: Foundation Scholarship Auction, Annual Banquet, and a day set aside for a special activity for all to enjoy.

Please join us! This is a great opportunity to expand on your own judicial education experience. We welcome and encourage you to bring your family to participate in some of the events as well. We look forward to seeing you in Reno!

Warmest regards,

Hon. Gail D. Beckham

N.J.A. President



Call Hon. Candace Hissong at (541) 832-2647
or NJA at 1(888) 366-3652






2022 Annual Conference

41st Annual Education Conference
Charleston, South Carolina


Embassy Suites Hotel
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5055 International Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29418
(800) EMBASSY or (800) 362-2779


CALL (800) embassy or (800)362-2779 or BOOK ONLINE

  • Room block code is  CESNJA for rates $169.00
  • Room block EXPIRES FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022
  • Room rate does NOT include TAXES OR FEES
  • http://www.embassysuitescharleston.com/
  • The rate is good for THREE DAYS before and after conference event based on availability.

If interested in booking a room at this rate for before or after the conference: you must call the hotel to check availability.


Fly into the Charleston, South Carolina Airport.

The hotel has a complimentary Airport shuttle that runs
7 days a week, 5:30 am-10:00 pm

CALL (843)747-1882 when needed.




PHONE: Hon. Candace Hissong at (541) 832.2647
or NJA number 1(888)FONENJA or 1(888)366-3652



2021 Annual Conference
Fall virtual is taking it's place;
safety is our priority. Thank you.



2020 Annual Education Conference
Grants Pass, Oregon




June 9 – June 14
The Northern Hotel
Billings, Montana

Conference Agenda

6:00 P.M. Executive Board Reception and Dinner (Northern Hotel)

8:00-9:00 AM Prayer Breakfast (Optional – NOT included in registration)
10:00-12:00 PM Council of State Representatives Meeting (The Northern Hotel)
12:00 Noon Lunch - Council of State Representatives Meeting (continued)
1:00-3:00 PM Council of State Representatives Meeting (continued)
3:00-5:00 PM Registration
5:30-7:30 PM Welcome Reception (Northern Hotel - No Host Bar)
8:00-10:00 PM Hospitality Room Open

MONDAY, June 10
7:00-7:30 Final Registration
8:00-8:15 Welcoming and Announcements
8:15-9:15 “Introduction to Judicial Wellness” – Dr. Ahana Lake *
9:15-10:00 “Issues with Attorneys” - Attorney Michael Larson
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 “Courtroom Security” – Hon. Mike Swingley and Hon. Bryan Adams
11:00-2:00 “Courtroom Security” (continued)
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 “Judicial Wellness “- Dr. Ahana Lake *
3:00-4:00 “Contempt of Court” – Assistant Attorney General David Ortley
6:00-9:00 Dinner and Dance - Music by “Cruise” (Northern Hotel)
9:00-11:00 Hospitality Room Open
* Dr. Lake will be providing private individual half-hour sessions at no charge. There will be a sign-up sheet at the conference at the completion of her presentation.

TUESDAY, June 11
8:00-8:15 Welcoming and Announcements
8:30-11:45 “D.U.I. Court” – District Judge MaryJane Knisely
Court Staffing and D.U.I. Court (Open Court Session)
12:00-2:00 Presidents Luncheon
2:00-4:00 N.J.A. State General Membership Meeting
6:00-9:00 Dinner and Foundation Auction at The Depot
9:00-11:00 Hospitality Room Open (At Hotel)

8:00 Board bus for Little Big Horn Battlefield (aka Custer’s Battlefield)
9:00 Arrive at Battlefield
12:00-1:30 Lunch at Trading Post
1:45 Board bus to Pompey’s Pillar
4:15 Board bus to return to Billings
5:30 Yellowstone Kelly Museum and BBQ on The Rims

8:00-8:15 AM Welcoming and Announcements
8:30-10:30 “Women’s State Prison” - Tour and Inmate Panel Discussion
11:00-12:00 “Freeman/Constitutionalists” - Hon. Nick Murnion 16th Judicial District
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Class Topic and Presenter to be announced
2:45-4:00 Class Topic and Presenter to be announced
5:30-9:00 40th Anniversary Banquet Dinner at The Depot (Semi Formal – Formal)

FRIDAY, June 14
8:00-10:30 Executive Board Breakfast/Meeting



2018 Annual National Conference

Held in Williams, Arizona in May of 2018.  Approximately 100 participants gathered for nearly a week of education and fun-filled activities in and around Williams. Conference Co-Chairs, Judge Robert Krombeen and Bill Sutton, planned with the philosophy to give participants more than was expected.  The evaluations showed that the goal was successfully reached!


2017 Annual National Conference

April 29 to May 5, 2017
Embassy Suites
Colorado Springs, Colorado



2016 Annual National Conference

Biloxi, Mississippi



2015 Annual National Conference

July 19 - 24, 2015
Hotel Andaluz
Albuquerque, New Mexico



2014 Annual National Conference

Charleston, South Carolina



2013 Annual National Conference

Wichita, Kansas



2012 Annual National Conference

Hard Rock Hotel
Catoosa, Oklahoma

SATURDAY - JUNE 16, 2012
7:00p.m. Executive Board & Conference Committee Meeting and Dinner, Hon Ralph J Zeller, President

SUNDAY - JUNE 17, 2012
10:00am-4:00pm COSR Meeting - Hon Ralph J Zeller, President
5:00-5:50pm New Judges Orientation - Hon Ralph J Zeller, President
6:00-9:00pm Gathering of Friends

MONDAY - JUNE 18, 2012
All classes meet in Sequoyah V room
8:45-9:00am Welcome - Hon Ralph J Zeller, President
9:00-9:50am Class - Hon. Tom Webb - Behavior is a Reflection of Our Attitude
10:00-10:50am Class - Judicial complaints - Eric Mitts, Council on Judicial Complaints
11:00-11:50am Class - Creating a Juvenile Probation Program - Hon. Sherry DeBorg
11:50am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:50pm Class - Legislative update, Tom Salisbury Esq.
2:00-2:50pm Class - Blundering Constables & the Exclusionary Rule, Barry Derryberry Esq. Federal Public Defenders Office
3:00-4:50pm Class - Hon. Tom Webb -Ethics = Integrity/Character

TUESDAY - JUNE 19, 2012
All classes meet in Sequoyah V room
7:30-8:45am Foundation Trustee Meeting - Hon Roy Vance, President
9:00-11:50am Class - Alternative sentencing - Hon. Bill Sutton
12:00-1:30pm Presidential Luncheon - History of the American Flag, Hon Vernon Butts
1:40-2:00pm State Caucuses
2:00-2:30pm Foundation Annual Meeting - Hon Roy Vance
2:45-5:00pm NJA Annual Meeting - Hon Ralph J Zeller, President
6:00-9:30pm Foundation Auction/Dinner - Hon Roy Vance, President

9:00am-5:00pm Tour - Cherokee Nation Cultural Tour

THURSDAY - JUNE 21, 2012
All classes in Sequoyah V room
9:00-9:50am Class - CDL update - Joe Vordran Esq.
10:00-10:50am Class - Using the NJA Web page, Hon. Candace Hissong
11:00-11:50am Class - DUI/DWI/APC Intoxilizers - Robert Blakeburn, OK Board of Test For Alcohol & Drug Influences
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Class - DUI/DWI/APC Standardized Field Sobriety -Thomas Hosty Esq. OKC
2:40-4:30pm Class - DUI/DWI/APC Blood Test - Josh Lee Esq. Vinita, OK & Justin McShane Esq., Pennsylvania.
6:00-10:00pm Annual Banquet - Hon Ralph J Zeller, President

FRIDAY - JUNE 22, 2012
8:00a.m. - Executive Board Breakfast - Hon Charleen Hewitt, President

Book as early as you can or you may have to stay somewhere else. The room rates cannot be guaranteed past that booking deadline of May 16.

The facilities will give you the conference rate both before and after the conference dates.

The hotel has a free shuttle from the airport. Make sure to mention that you are attending the NJA Conference.

If you FLY, book to the Tulsa International Airport

If you DRIVE , take exit 240 off of I-44

Bring something special from your state or region to donate for the National Judges’ Education Foundation Scholarship Auction!



2011 Annual National Conference

Grants Pass, Oregon



2010 Annual National Conference

Williams, Arizona