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UNC School of Government

Discretion and Decision-Making in the Courts

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About the course

This two-day Judicial College seminar will examine common decisions judges make that are entrusted to their discretion. Case studies and seminar discussions about those cases will be used to illustrate factors that contribute to judicial decisions, and to give participants a chance to learn how their colleagues handle similar situations. Discussion of recent research findings about how judges and others make decisions will be included.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Judicial Administration and Authority

Who should attend

  • District Court Judges
  • Chief Judges
  • Judges

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Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously, she was an associate with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte, where she practiced with the real estate, corporate, and restructuring and insolvency groups on matters related to a wide range of issues including commerci...


James Drennan

Jim Drennan joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1974. He teaches and advises on court administration issues, judicial ethics and fairness, criminal sentencing, and judicial leadership. While on leave from 1993 through 1995, he served as director of the North Caro...


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