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The mission of the Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) is to identify, engage, encourage, and support Judges nationally who will lead the effort to improve court responses to domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) is a national community of engaged judicial officers leading efforts to improve community responses to and practices on domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We are here to offer technical assistance, tools, and training to JEN members, as well as a forum for judges to connect with other judicial officers doing similar work. And now, in response to requests from the JEN community, we are excited to unveil the first inaugural JEN Fellowship Program!

What is the Fellowship Program?

The JEN Fellowship Program will allow judges to enhance their skills as judicial leaders within the court and in their communities around domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Fellowship Program will develop a sustainable network of committed judges who have demonstrated the skill and the passion to lead within their courts and their communities, and help them further develop their leadership skills to create specific projects to enhance their communities’ response to domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, while also preparing to serve as mentors to new judges locally and nationally. The proposed nine-month program will begin February 4-6, 2019, in New York City, NY, with the Enhancing Judicial Leadership Skills in Domestic Violence Cases workshop. This inaugural program will consist of approximately 10 fellows and will culminate in a graduation, which will take place at the JEN Judicial Leadership Summit on Domestic Violence 3.0 on November 11-13, 2019.

Each applicant will propose a new or existing project addressing an issue that requires judicial leadership and community engagement, with the goal of improving community responsiveness to domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Throughout the nine months, participants will connect with and support their fellow judges in the Fellowship Program based on the project each judge proposes and the skills each judge brings to the group. Regular webinars will be scheduled on current best practices that affect the court and community responses to domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, the latest approaches and successes in cross systems collaboration, access to justice, cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed practices, and other topics. The cohort will also have the opportunity to convene virtually through regular learning community calls, which will allow participants to share successes and challenges, and will be provided with peer-to-peer support throughout the process.

At the end of the nine-month program, the Fellows will convene again to report on the progress of their projects, including successes and challenges encountered along the way. The results will be published by JEN, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI).

Commitment to the Program

As with any Fellowship Program, there is a level of commitment expected from all participants. We understand that as judges you have many demands on your time and current responsibilities, however, we also believe that this program will enhance your ability to be more effective in your role and community.


  • Attend the Enhancing Judicial Leadership Skills in Domestic Violence Cases workshop on February 4-6, 2019, in New York City, NY
  • Attend the JEN Summit 3.0 on November 11-13, 2019, with the Fellows graduate meeting on November 10, 2019
  • Participate in a minimum of 2-3 check-in meetings throughout the nine-month program
  • Participate in 1-2 webinars offered during the nine-month program
  • Connect with your cohort fellows throughout the Program

We are making a commitment to you too! As a Fellow in the Fellowship Program, you will receive a number of benefits:

  • Paid travel expenses for both in-person meetings (February andNovember 2019)
  • Access to consultants, experts, and committed judges
  • A commitment and investment in your work and cultivating yourleadership skills

We believe all of our Fellows will gain knowledge and insight to help them grow as leaders in their communities.

If you are interested in becoming a JEN Fellow, please complete the application

Deadline to apply is December 17, 2018.

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Where It All Began

The Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) began as an identified need to engage the judiciary in communities to strive for judicial excellence. Because courts hold a unique position in protecting social values, it places judges in an important position to lead changes in their own courts and communities. Through JEN, judges and judicial officers will be able to connect within a network of judges to promote best judicial practices, trends, and successful outcomes that are based on principle and better outcomes for families.  Judges will be able to, in a network of their peers, craft and hone leadership skills to effect change in their communities, share practices, and pass knowledge to the next generation of judges.

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