As a MSU student, I attended the required courses that discussed the diverse topics of Budget, Roles of District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Federal Judiciary and Space & Facilities planning in the Federal Courts. The most interesting course that I participated in was “Creating a Culture of Security Awareness – Emerging Threats and Important Role of Court Staff” by Thomas Garrity and Mark Hartz. The two facilitators spoke about current and emerging security threats along with the roles and responsibilities of U.S. Marshal Service and FPS. They touched on several topics such active shooters, security assessments conducted by FPS and budget as it pertains to court security. I am an active member of our court’s emergency preparedness team, so the information from this class was informative and helpful.
Aside from attending the courses at the conference, I was fortunate enough to do a little sight-seeing. My co-workers and I made a trip to the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the White House. It was a great experience to visit such colossal and historic sites of our country. Justin Olmos and I attended a Washington Nationals baseball game, which I enjoyed because I am somewhat of a baseball nut. We enjoyed touring the stadium while devouring a couple half smoked hot dogs. The conference material, speakers along with the extracurricular activities that were available made this trip unforgettable. Washington D.C. was a great place to visit and I hope to return one day with my family to take in more sites and museums. Thank you for your hospitality, D.C.!