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11 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Time to take the LEAD - Diverting Low Level Offenders from the Courts
Seattle's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program, which began 11 years ago after concerns of racial inequities in police enforcement of low-level offenses were raised, is the focus of this week's episode. Host Dick Ginkowski reports on a p
24 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
For Your Health: Get Off the Bench & Out of Town! Pt. 1
In the first of this 2-part judicial wellness special, Michigan-based travel agent Caryl Olson joins us to discuss why this may be the right time for travel & how travel agents can help you navigate COVID protocols.
26 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
Judicial Outreach - We're in the Justice Business!
Are you engaging in judicial outreach? At a time when respect for government and the rule of law is under attack it's time for all hands on deck to educate the public on who we are, what we do and why it matters.
29 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
All Hands On Deck - Judicial Outreach and Preserving The Rule of Law Is Everyone's Business
ABA Judicial Division Chair Christopher Browning joins us to discuss the critical role that judicial outreach plays in promoting judicial independence and respect for the rule of law and how important it is for lawyers to join judges in advocating fo
14 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
2021 - What a year it was!
While our hopes to have the pandemic in the rear-view mirror by the end of 2021 didn't materialize the past year was nonetheless one of inspiration and education on Gavel Talks. Host Richard Ginkowski takes a look back at some of 2021’s highlights...
34 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
From Judge Roy Bean to Laboratories for "Front Porch" Justice
Modern municipal and misdemeanor courts have been saddled with the "Judge Roy Bean" image of being merciless "cash cows" but Judge Andra Sparks joins Gavel Talks host Richard Ginkowski for a discussion of how their courts work hard to shake the stere
21 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Montana Indian Child Welfare Act Court Making Strikes at Keeping Families Together
Overrepresented in Montana's foster care system and more apt to be removed from their homes, Native-American children face a unique challenge in the justice system – a challenge that Yellowstone County District Judge Rod Souza has undertaken by...
17 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Cameras in the Courtroom: The Naysayers Got It Wrong
Judge Richard Ginkowski, Gavel Talks host, and retired Indianapolis attorney Randall Graff discuss how the media working together with the bench and Bar made experimental audiovisual coverage of court proceedings last 43 years.
6 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Tax tips for judges: Don't get caught in the IRS "gig income" dragnet
In this six-minute episode, our host Judge Ginkowski discusses what "gig income is" and how judges should report it (and related deductions) along with recommendations for making recordkeeping painless.
26 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
They're successful, professional, calm, convincing and perilously narcissistic: What family court judges need to know about narcissistic personality disorder
Chicago area family law attorney and author Marie Sarantakis joins Judge Richard Ginkowski to discuss what family court judges need to know to spot "narcs" and why they should.
13 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Top Ten Tips to Keep You, Your Staff and Your Courtroom Safe and Your Court Operating
Security consultant John Muffler and fellow Judge Jason Rossell join host Richard Ginkowski as he offers up this “top ten list” of common-sense security and planning measures judges must proactively take to protect themselves, their staff and the...
23 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Prostitution: The Law Is Tricky
As "the world's oldest profession" is moving from the streets online so, too, has law enforcement and our host, Judge Richard Ginkowski, discusses the complexities of common prostitution laws and defenses to a prostitution charge.
11 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Is It Time For Judges To Get More Serious About Seriously Excessive Speeding?
Judge Ronald Ramsey of the DeKalb County (GA) State Court, chair of the National Conference of Specialized Court Judges, joins Judge Richard Ginkowski to talk about the problem and what judges can do to get more serious about seriously excessive spee
30 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Traffic Court in the Age of Covid and Beyond - The Genie's Not Going Back Into the Bottle
Now with the pandemic hopefully winding down Judges Ramsey and Ginkowski share their experiences and foretell that the virtual court operations necessitated during the pandemic is a genie that's not going back into the bottle.
25 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
A Small Town Judge Aims To Make A Big Difference One Kid At A Time
Judge Cotter joins Judge Richard Ginkowski to discuss how SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) came about and how other jurisdictions might benefit from a similar program.
19 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
"Marijuana and Driving" – Constitutionality of State "Zero Tolerance" and "Per Se" Laws
Maryland Judge Neil Axel, ABA National Judicial Fellow for Highway Safety, joins host Richard Ginkowski for a discussion of the constitutionality of these "zero tolerance" and "per se" laws.
13 minutes | May 11, 2021
If You Don't Think the National Judicial College Is for You – Think Again!
In this segment of Gavel Talks NJC President Benes Aldana discusses how taking its programs online due to the COVID-19 pandemic is helping more judges connect with this important resource.
24 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The Intersection of Faith and Justice
Judge Mathews joins host Judge Richard Ginkowski to discuss how his faith makes him a better judge and the importance of community involvement and mentoring.
11 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
What Can Spending Three Minutes with a Defendant do to Reduce Recidivism?
Judges Richard Ginkowski, Robert Anchondo and Mary Jane Knisely discuss how some simple techniques used in treatment courts can also be used by judges who do not preside over a treatment court.
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Is Your Court Ready for the Next Disaster?
Judge Jason Rossell shares disaster planning tips and states that the best time to plan for one is before it happens.
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