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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento
August 7, 2007

Innovative judicial program on the docket for Sacramento State

New Bookstore The Department of Public Policy and Administration has announced the establishment of graduate level certificate and concentration programs in judicial administration.

Sacramento State will offer new graduate level judicial administration programs in the Department of Public Policy and Administration beginning fall 2007. The programs will include certificate and degree concentration options.

“The Judicial Administration Programs are among few of their type in the nation, and almost nothing comparable is offered in the entire western part of the United States,” says Professor Ted Lascher, immediate past chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration. “The new programs stem from major changes in court policy and operations in the last decade which demand an educational component in judicial administration.”

The Judicial Administration Programs will provide options for enrolled students and court employees not currently enrolled in the University. Judicial employees who are not students can earn a certificate in judicial administration after completing a four-course sequence consisting of classes in court governance and operations, court management, court leadership and emerging issues in judicial administration. Students already enrolled in the Department of Public Policy and Administration’s master’s program can earn a concentration in the field by taking three of those courses.

The seminars will be held over four semesters, beginning fall 2007 and continuing through spring 2009. Classes will be held at the Sacramento Administrative Office of the Courts Northern/Central Regional Office, 2880 Gateway Oaks Drive.

Ken Torre will become director of the Judicial Administration Programs this fall. Torre comes to the University after 11 years as court executive officer for Contra Costa County and prior service as court executive in San Mateo County. He was also named the Court Administrator of the Year by the California Trial Lawyers Association and is past president of the California Association for Superior Court Administration.

“We are particularly pleased that Ken Torre, with his exceptional qualifications, is serving as the director of the programs,” says Lascher.

For more information, contact the Master’s Program in Public Policy and Administration at (916) 278-6557. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Sacramento State is making a difference in California’s Capital Region and beyond. We offer a life-changing opportunity for our 28,000 students, preparing them to be leaders in their professions and communities. Our professors are known for their dedication to great teaching. And our location in the capital of the nation’s most populous state allows students to pursue unique internships and research.


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