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Judicial Arbiter Group 2017 Retreat

Judicial Arbiter Group 2017 Retreat
Posted - Sep 22, 2017

The Judicial Arbiter Group held the 2017 retreat in September at Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga, Wyoming.  If you haven’t been there, it is a hidden gem.  
Friday night was cocktails and heavy appetizers—including prime rib.  Later, that evening, Dennis Wanebo (Judge Montgomery’s husband) played guitar and sang by the fire.  Saturday, was our primary work day with two superb presentations.   
Keynote speaker John Sileo’s disturbing presentation “Identity Theft” was dramatic and humorous and showcased how extremely vulnerable we all are to cyber-crime. As a gift, John gratuitously hacked several of our computers—just to show how easy it can be done. His book, Privacy Means Profit is a national best seller. For more information on Cyber Security see John’s website at  
Joseph Sawyer is the Director of Online Learning & Faculty Development at the National Judicial College. Joseph’s presentation “Implicit Bias” was an insightful investigation into bias demonstrating how the choices we make are strongly influenced by our inherent conditioning.  All JAG judges and staff were required to take at least two of the Harvard “Implicit Bias” tests before the presentation. 
The Retreat was not all work--Saturday afternoon had everyone off to participate in either: River Rafting, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf, the Spa, Horse Back Riding, or a Museum Tour.
Returning from the afternoon activities, we all shuttled over to Bella’s Bistro for cocktails, and an extraordinary dinner experience while being serenaded by the talented Whippoorwill.
Sunday was the business meeting and return to Denver.