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Judge Winters to lead county team to combat opiate addiction

The Supreme Court of Ohio and Governor Kasich have requested Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters assemble a team of community leaders to attend the Judicial Symposium on Opiates in Columbus. This Symposium aims to develop new opiate prevention strategies, increase public awareness, develop new addiction prevention approaches, and share insight on available treatment options. Most importantly, the Symposium hopes to create an exchange of ideas on judicial strategies that are making a difference in the midst of the current addiction epidemic.

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Judge Winters teaches course at National Judicial College

On May 6 Judge Bruce Winters had the opportunity to serve as instructor at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Judge Winters, a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College, led a course on control of the courtroom. The Control of the Courtroom is a practical skills course and involves both classroom instruction as well as live courtroom scenarios. During the live courtroom scenarios portion of the course, attorneys, judges and faculty/staff members are utilized to act out potential courtroom scenarios. The student judges then have to preside over the court proceedings and are given reviews of his or her performance. 

This was Judge Winter’s first opportunity to teach the Control of the Courtroom course at the National Judicial College, however, he has instructed similar curriculum for the Ohio Association of Magistrates as well the Ohio Judicial College. The course was highly reviewed by the program participants. In addition to instructing Control of the Courtroom, Judge Winters previously served as group leader at National Judicial College for other various studies. 

For over 50 years, the National Judicial College (NJC) has been a national leader in judicial education. The College serves as one place where judges from across the nation and around the world can meet to improve the delivery of justice and advance the rule of law through a disciplined process of professional study and collegial dialogue. NJC offers an average of 90 courses/programs annually with more than 4,000 judges attending from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries. Each year, more than 250 faculty members offer lectures, workshops, panels and structured discussion groups. Faculty members are chosen for their experience and expertise and consistently receive high marks from participants.

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