Training, education and networking. The FCCA annual conferences continue our tradition of providing quality instructors, informative plenary sessions, and outstanding speakers to enrich the professionalism and interpersonal skills of our attendees. Our excellent presenters are court personnel. The annual conference provides clerks and deputy clerks the opportunity to meet and to interact with each other and members of the judiciary, the Administrative Office and local court personnel. The annual conference serves as a forum to exchange ideas and innovations. Our goals are all the same; to increase the proficiency of court employees, to hone your talents and abilities and to enhance the careers of our members.
Career Guidance Program (CGP)
The FCCA Career Guidance Program offers assistance to our members who may be considering or are in the process of applying for a new position or promotional opportunity, including:
- Qualification assessment
- Resume and cover letter editing and review
- Interview skills consultation
Other services include, job vacancy search methods, advice regarding training and education for career development and other general career counseling questions and discussions.
Continuing Education with MSU Program
This program is a community of learners, scholars, practitioners, and organizations dedicated to the advancement of the missions, mandates, and purposes of judicial systems across the globe through expert management and timeless leadership principles and practices. The academic programs include, the Non-credit Certificate to build a solid foundation of basic knowledge and skills in judicial administration that can be readily applied in the court environment. The Credit-bearing Certificate will add to the basic knowledge and skills of judicial administration by integrating theory and practice from multiple disciplines that will challenge students to develop complex reasoning and critical thinking, broaden their exposure to multiple approaches and methods to managing and leading the courts and deepen their understanding of the role of the courts in society.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Judicial Administration Specialization builds the academic credentials of the student through graduate education that specializes in judicial administration and blends theory and practice from other disciplines, thus allowing the student to master complex issues in judicial administration.
For more information go to: http://cj.msu.edu/programs/judicial-administration-program/
The FCCA Disaster Relief Program is designed specifically to foster support and assistance to FCCA members, as well as qualifying judiciary employee non-members, affected by natural disasters. When disasters occur which impact judiciary employees, the FCCA Officers and Board of Directors convene and may create nation wide relief fund efforts to provide financial aid. All donations received, combined with FCCA contributions, shall be dispersed to approved recipients as determined by the Officers of FCCA. Any donations received after the established relief effort deadline shall be held and accounted for by the FCCA Treasurer and will be used for subsequent disaster relief efforts.
Financial and Retirement Seminars
As a benefit to our members, the FCCA offers free Financial and Retirement Seminars to qualifying courts. These seminars are provided by FedAdvantage, one of our benefits partners. Courts that are selected for these seminars will be able to customize the training exercises to meet their individual needs. A FedAdvantage trainer will travel to your court locations at no cost to your court and will be on site for up to two days as needed. These seminars can offer information for all employees, whether they are retiring in 5 or 25 years, and can address the needs of FERS and CSRS employees. The seminars can range from 1 hour, "Focus On" programs, to comprehensive, all day sessions. Each court can work with FedAdvantage to develop a curriculum that will address the essential needs of your staff. To qualify, the Clerk and/or Chief Deputy Clerk must be a member of the FCCA in good standing. Your court is only eligible to receive this no cost benefit once. If you have received this no cost benefit in the past you are free contact FedAdvantage to arrange follow-up training at your expense. To receive this no cost opportunity or for more details about the program your Clerk or Chief Deputy should contact Clerks Council Chair, Chuck Diard.
Identity Theft Protection
The FCCA, through our partnership with FedAdvantage, is now offering members the opportunity to get comprehensive identity theft protection at an affordable discounted rate.
Your personal identity was stolen and you are at risk ...
Can you really afford to wait while OPM figures out a long term solution?
What are you doing to protect yourself and your family?
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On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the FCCA, we are proud to continue to offer FCCA member benefits.
Every week, we will email a Federal Court Job Vacancy Announcement Newsletter to our members.
Human Resource Managers and authorized court personnel can email official Job Vacancy Announcements to Eileen Levine, Publications Chair, or call 917-282-1987. Please submit a pdf version of the vacancy announcement. Announcements should be emailed not later than Friday evenings at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) to be included in our weekly email newsletter blast. The Vacancy Announcements will also be posted on the FCCA website until the Closing date for the position.
Job Vacancy Announcements received after Friday evenings at 5:00 p.m. (PT) will be emailed to our members the following week.
Our goal is to keep you educated and informed. You do not have to be a FCCA member to send in an announcement but you must be an active FCCA member to receive the announcements. Please see our article in the 2016 Winter FCCA Journal for additional details. We hope you take advantage of our exciting benefits and participate in these programs.
If you have questions, please contact Eileen Levine. Please pass on the word to your HR Managers.
The Journal is the signature publication of the Federal Court Clerks Association. The Journal is published three times per year, twice electronically and once in hard copy. The annual Conference Edition is the hardcopy edition and is mailed to all current FCCA members, to our advertisers, and to our supporters. All Journals are posted and archived on the FCCA web site.
Leave Share Program
True to the spirit of camaraderie, FCCA has a unique network to help out members in times of need. The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (commonly referred to as the Leave Share Program) allows an employee who experiences a personal or family medical emergency and who exhausts all available paid leave to receive donated annual leave from other employees. This is a great program with rewards for both the recipient and the donor. The donor gets the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped someone in their time of need and the recipient receives the leave donation so that they can concentrate on their personal or family medical emergency and recover without the worry of any financial burdens.
The Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (Medical) allows an individual employee, who experiences a personal or family medical emergency and exhausts all available paid leave, to receive donated annual leave from fellow employees. In order for an employee to receive donated leave, they must first meet the criteria in the criteria in the Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol 12: Human Resources, Ch 9: Leave and Attendance, § 920.20.40 Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (Medical). Once approved under the program, normally the Human Resources Specialist or Time Administrator will send an e-mail to staff members requesting donations. Each court does this differently. Sometimes the request is sent locally, sometimes it only goes circuit-wide, and other times, it goes nation-wide.
If you're aware of a FCCA member who’s an approved leave recipient, please send an e-mail to Eileen Levine
. She will work with the local Human Resources Office to coordinate the required paperwork and spread the word.
Mentor Program for Clerks and Chief Deputies
The FCCA Clerk and Chief Deputy Mentor Program helps to pair up newly appointed clerks and chief deputies with seasoned clerks and chief deputies. The role of the mentor is to be a resource or a sounding board; someone that a new clerk can informally reach out to discuss issues large or small. If you are a veteran clerk or chief deputy and interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Robin Tabora or Debra Lucas. If you are newly appointed and wish to take advantage of our FCCA benefits, please let us know.
Opportunities to Get Involved
If desired, members have the opportunity to become more involved in the association through various board member and officer positions, as well as committees.
Professional Liability Insurance - FEDS
When it is alleged that an error or omission has occurred in the performance of your federal job duties, FEDS Professional Liability Insurance provides you with your own personal attorney to defend against the allegations and any resulting disciplinary action, including but not limited to:
- Fraudulent 1099 Filings
- Allegations of Improper Payments
This Insurance covers:
- Civil Suits
- Administrative & Disciplinary Matters
- Criminal Investigations
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Professional Liability Insurance - Starr Wright
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