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USAID/PROLoG Organizes a Study Tour for Georgian Mentor Judges to Boston, Massachusetts

11 November 2019 USAID/PROLoG Organizes a Study Tour for Georgian Mentor Judges to Boston, Massachusetts

From October 26 to November 2, USAID/PROLoG organized a study tour for Georgian mentor judges and the Director of the High School of Justice of Georgia (HSOJ) to Boston, Massachusetts. The goal of the tour was to study the Massachusetts judicial mentoring system and improve mentoring of judicial listeners in Georgia.

During the visit, participants were first introduced to the judicial system of Massachusetts at one of the leading U.S. law firms, Kirkland & Ellis. The delegation then visited the Judicial Institute, a Massachusetts training center for trial court judges, and discussed the in-service training opportunities with the Director, Ellen O’Connor, Kate Dulit and other representatives of the Institute.

The following day the delegation visited the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court and the Moakley Federal Courthouse. Participants observed trials by Chief Judge James Coffey in Dorchester and met with distinguished Federal Judges in the Moakley Courthouse, including Chief Judge Patti B. Saris and Judge Richard Stearns.

A specific program was designed for participants on October 30. Most of the day was dedicated to a training workshop on peer to peer mentoring for newly appointed judges in Massachusetts (J2J), specifically organized for the visitors by the honorable judges of the state. Contributions to the training were made by five Chief and First Justices, including Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Superior Court, Judith Fabricant, First Justice of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court, James Coffey, First Justice of the Lawrence District Court, Lynn Rooney and the First Justice of the Berkshire Probate and Family Court, Richard Simons, as well as other judges from the aforementioned courts. The intensive program focused on the structure and methodology of the J2J program, keys to successful mentoring and its direct benefits to mentees. Later during the day, three recently appointed judges joined the training and provided their perspective as mentees. After the completion of the training, Participants of the study tour attended an annual State of the Judiciary Address by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Ralph Gants.

On the following day, Georgian Judges and the HSOJ Director had an opportunity to meet with the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants. Study tour participants were also invited to Salem where they were hosted by Judge Robert Brenan.

The delegation spent the last working day at the Suffolk County Superior Court. In the morning study tour participants attended a hearing on a high profile civil case filed by a small local college against a multinational accounting organization, KPMG, and met with the presiding judge. In the afternoon participants held two concluding meetings, first with the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trail Court, Paula M. Carey and the Trail Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams; and finally with Chief Justices of four Departments of the Boston Municipal Court.

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