Judicial Series

Foundations in Judicial Competencies

Do you aspire to be a judge?  There is no better time to start enhancing the skills that directly align with that career goal. Not yet ready to reveal your ambition to your friends and colleagues? The on-line learning format to which we have all had to turn in recent months is the perfect way to further your goal from the comfort and privacy of your home or office.

Dedicate a few lunch-time hours to strengthen your resumé with the OBA’s online Certificate Program - Foundations in Judicial Competencies.  This new certificate program is designed to help you understand what to expect from the selection process and build a solid foundation of the skills and core competencies fundamental to any adjudicative role.

The first session provides an overview of the application and appointment process for federal and provincial judicial vacancies. Hear directly from Fareed Amin, Chair of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, Yasir Naqvi, the former Attorney General, and Brenda Hollingsworth, a former member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, offering their insight into these processes.   Explore many important attributes that may help your application stand out. 

The remaining sessions explore the essential pillars of judicial excellence, namely:

  • Judicial Independence, Integrity and Diligence
  • Equality and Impartiality
  • Overturned: Insights from Appeals Court Judges
  • Exploring Unconscious Bias, Raising Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity Training
  • Basics of Judicial Reasoning
  • Basics of Judicial Decision Writing
  • Managing the Courtroom:  Setting the Stage, Interactions with Counsel and Witnesses

Deepen your knowledge in several core areas.  Gain unparalleled insight from distinguished members of the judiciary on how they overcome challenging aspects of these core competencies and continue to remain focused on the important tenants of their role.

Upon completion of all eight sessions, you will be presented with a Certificate in Foundations in Judicial Competencies. We want to help you position yourself to be a more prepared candidate who stands out.

Judicial Independence, Integrity and Diligence

Session 2 - April 14, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

The second session of the OBA’s Foundations in Judicial Competencies Certificate Program, explores some of the essential pillars of judicial excellence, namely, independence, integrity and diligence.

Equality and Impartiality

Session 3 - April 21, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

The third session of the OBA’s Foundations in Judicial Competencies Certificate Program, explores more of the essential pillars of judicial excellence, namely, equality and impartiality.

Basics of Judicial Reasoning

Session 6 - May 19, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

The seveth session of the OBA’s Foundations in Judicial Competencies Certificate Program, explores the basics of judicial reasoning.