American Judges Association



Brian MacKenzie

Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 50, Issue 4 (2014)


Copyright American Judges Association. Used by permission.


They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, the American Judges Association (AJA) met this October in Las Vegas and nothing will simply stay there. The educational sessions gave those in attendance an in-depth look at important issues to the judiciary. There were sessions that dealt with every aspect of judging, including a presentation by Melissa Fitzgerald, former star of West Wing and current director of Justice for Vets, on veterans treatment courts. There was also time for a little fun, such as the fantastic AJA banquet featuring the Motown-infused music of In Demand, which had everyone dancing late into the night. Not only was the food and music wonderful, you would be amazed at how well some judges can dance. There was also a chance for judges spanning the United States and Canada to share their experiences and problems. All of those in attendance would agree that the conference helped make them a better judge.