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Partner Organizations

1. The Federal Judges Association (FJA)

posted Jan 15, 2012, 3:05 PM by Susan Moeller   [ updated May 6, 2012, 7:53 PM ]

The Federal Judges Association is a voluntary not-for-profit association of judges nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate under Article III of the Constitution. The FJA is devoted to seeking the highest quality of justice for the people of the United States, including by preserving and protecting the independence of the judicial branch, a fundamental principle embodied in the Constitution of the United States. 

At its annual meeting in April 2011, the FJA Board approved the undertaking of a civics education initiative to enhance public understanding of the Constitution, the role of the courts, judicial independence and the rule of law. 

This project, which is being undertaken in cooperation with the FMJA and the NCBJ and is supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is consistent with the federal judiciary’s long-range focus on the improvement of court communications with the public and support of enhanced civics education. “Communicat[ion] and collaborat[ion] with organizations outside the judicial branch to improve the public’s understanding of the role and functions of the federal judiciary” is identified specifically as a Goal in the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary that was adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States in September 2010.[1]

Many individual judges and courts are already deeply involved in civic education efforts at the local, regional and national level. Those efforts encourage the FJA to believe that enhancement of judicial civics education efforts and resources can have a very positive long-term impact on Americans’ understanding, respect and support for a fair and impartial, independent judiciary. 

2. The Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA)

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Susan Moeller   [ updated May 6, 2012, 7:53 PM ]

The Federal Magistrate Judges Association
 is a voluntary not-for-profit association of federal trial judges who serve in accordance with Article I of the U.S. Constitution. The FMJA is devoted to promoting cooperation among the Magistrate Judges, and supporting the administration of the magistrate judges system by meeting with members of Congress, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding policy issues concerning its member judges. The Association further seeks to educate the public about the importance of the magistrate judge system and working through its rules committee seeks to influence positive change in various rules of procedure affecting federal courts. 

In 2011, in connection with its purpose of educating the public, the FMJA joined forces with the FJA and NCBJ on the Civics Education Task Force initiative to provide a web based ready resource for federal judges who teach civics to various sectors of the public. 

3. National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ)

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Susan Moeller   [ updated May 11, 2015, 2:07 PM by Ryan Sellinger ]

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is a voluntary not-for-profit association of the Bankruptcy Judges of the United States which has several purposes: to provide continuing legal education to judges, lawyers and other involved professionals, to promote cooperation among the Bankruptcy Judges, to secure a greater degree of quality and uniformity in the administration of the Bankruptcy system and to improve the practice of law in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States. 

As part of its mission, the NCBJ, through various committees, provides public outreach and education  regarding the impact of bankruptcy on the public’s lives and livelihood, the impact of bankruptcy law on non-bankruptcy legal rights and remedies, and the purpose and jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts.  

In 2011, in connection with its public outreach efforts, the NCBJ , together  with the FJA and FJMA  became involved in  the Civic Education Task Force initiative to provide a web-based  library of resources  for federal judges  to access to teach civics to various sectors of the public. 

For more information on the partner organizations, please contact:


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    954 La Mirada St. Laguana Beach, CA 92651-3751
  • Phone: 949-497-3673 x300
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