I recently had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and attend the combined NCBC / FCCA conference. With more than 900 in attendance it was a very special conference filled with informative classes and guest speakers. I especially enjoyed “Understanding and Managing the Courts Budget” as well as “Courthouses: An Introduction to Space and Facilities (MSU)”. Our own court has been working at reducing space so it was very enlightening and interesting to learn about this aspect of the Court. There were also many other interesting breakout sessions with topics such as “How to Make Money in TSP” and “Deciding Cases-The Role of Dist. and BK Court (MSU)”.
I just completed the six month Mentorship Program in August and it was such a great career building opportunity for me. I was able to engage with a highly knowledgeable and respected mentor who assisted me on improving my technical skills as well as focusing on short and long-term goals. I also greatly benefited from networking and sharing ideas with other MSU students. As a fairly new member of FCCA I was also able to gain valuable information about the organization and learn more about their mission and goals.
As a second year MSU student I was able to enjoy the many educational programs MSU had to offer. MSU allowed me to focus on building my career as well as receiving feedback that will benefit me for years to come. It wasn’t all work and no play! I was able to venture out and see many museums and monuments that D.C had to offer. With my extended stay in Virginia I toured the famous Arlington Cemetery where J.F. Kennedy and Jacqueline B Kennedy were buried and I was also able to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I was very blessed to be a part of this year’s NCBC Conference.