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Karen Dillon
February 7, 2024

Karen Dillon, co-author with Rob Cross of The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems and What to Do about It, describes their discovery of the little noticed day-to-day stressors causing significant impact on even the highest performing employees, and how failing to address them can lead to burnout. Karen Dillon is a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review and coauthor of three books with Clayton Christensen, including the New York Times bestseller, How Will You Measure Your Life?

We encourage you to use and share a resource that complements this episode: The Hidden Toll of Microstress, the authors’ Harvard Business Review article with a link to a microstress diagnostic tool. You might also enjoy In Session episode 35 on how subtracting can lead to more, available on fjc.dcn, or from your favorite podcast app.

Mark A. Sherman, Raquel Wilson, Stephanie Denton, Robin K. Grimes, Julie Capsambelis, January Welks
January 14, 2022

To officers, understanding how they are trained and educated, and finding the right training opportunity among those offered by multiple agencies and actors can be confusing. Educators from the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and the Federal Judicial Center discuss the training and education available to help officers navigate the complex issues they face every day, and to also help officers remain successful throughout their careers. Stephanie Denton, Chief of the Training and Safety Division of the Probation and Pretrial Services Office at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and Raquel Wilson, Director of Education and Sentencing Practice at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, join Mark Sherman, Assistant Division Director of Probation and Pretrial Services Education at the Federal Judicial Center, to untangle the what, where, and why of Probation and Pretrial Services Officer training and education. Also featured in this episode are Training Specialist Julie Capsambelis (Florida Middle Probation Office), Special Offender Specialist and Training Coordinator January Welks (Connecticut Probation Office), and Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer Robin Grimes (Ohio Northern Probation Office). 

Mark A. Sherman, Shelly A. Easter, Michael E. Siegel
April 8, 2021

Dr. Michael Siegel, Senior Education Specialist, Federal Judicial Center, created the Leadership Development Program for U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers (LDP) in the mid-1990s. Since that time over 1,000 officers have graduated from the program, many of whom have gone on to lead their districts as chiefs, deputies, and supervisory officers. Through LDP and other programs, Dr. Siegel is, in large part, responsible for creating a culture of leadership in U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. Over his more than thirty-year career at the Federal Judicial Center, he has conducted leadership seminars with virtually every part of the court family: judges of all kinds, clerks of court, court executives, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. His portfolio of programs and projects includes many other topics as well. In this episode of Off Paper, Dr. Siegel discusses LDP’s origins, the characteristics of good leaders, and his perspective on leadership generally and within the federal courts.

Jeremy D. Fogel
January 26, 2016

This is a primer on mindfulness and its uses in judging.

Ira P. Robbins
January 1, 1987

Examines the possible use of sabbatical leave for federal judges as a means of improving judges' morale, reducing their job-related stress, and reducing attrition in their ranks.

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