• May 2019
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    NACM’s Voice of the Profession Survey Results and Future Plans

    by Greg Lambard
    Last August at NACM’s annual conference in Atlanta, then President Vicky Carlson delivered the association’s inaugural State of the Profession Address. If you missed it or would like to listen to it again, it is available on the NACM YouTube channel. Her speech highlighted several important topics, including the notion that NACM has a key... Read more »
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    Innovating Justice: Will AI and LawTech Deliver Jack Cade’s Utopia?

    by Mark Beer
    This intentionally light-hearted article, in juxtaposition to the seriousness of the subject, is about judicial and legal efficiency. Not efficiency in the management consultant’s sense—less pay and more work make us “efficient” (if not despondent)—but, instead, how we, as court (and thought) leaders, using technology, can better deliver justice to change the lives of a... Read more »
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    Ten Things You Should Know About Blockchain Today: A Guide for Court Managers

    by Ingo Keilitz &
    The story of the blockchain, law, and trust is still unfolding. It just might be one of the most important stories of our time.… [S]ystems based on blockchain technology’s foundational innovation could influence all aspects of business, government, and human communities. It would be premature to label the blockchain movement a revolution with similar impacts... Read more »
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    Effective Case Management: Striking the Balance Between Efficiency and Quality

    by CECILIA LOW-WEINER, ED SPILLANE & BRIAN OSTROM
    Editor’s Note: The paper featured in this article comes from a special issue of Criminal Justice Policy Review, commissioned by the Data Collaborative for Justice. The Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, funded by Arnold Ventures, seeks to raise important questions and share critical research about frequent interactions between... Read more »
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    Redefining Case Management

    by Brittany K.T. Kauffman &
    Case management is part of every civil justice reform proposal afoot in the nation. It is mentioned at every conference and in every set of recommendations. But here is the rub. The literature and experience on the ground all pointed to the importance of case management decades ago, yet it is still not the norm.... Read more »
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    The Work of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force: A Significant Response to a National Crisis

    by Greg Lambard
    In 2017 opioid overdoses in the United States accounted for 47,600 deaths (up from 42,000 the year prior). The crisis continues to take a heavy toll, resulting in about 120 deaths per day last year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone at $78.5 billion a... Read more »
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    Making the Impossible Possible Through Collaboration: Athens-Clarke County Justice Mental Health Collaborative

    by Aimee Maxwell
    Helping citizens diagnosed with mental illness while saving taxpayers money? “Impossible!” you say. Yet that is exactly what is happening in Athens, Georgia. The Justice Mental Health Collaborative in Athens is working to reduce the number of individuals in local jails who are suffering from mental illness. The goal is to divert these individuals from... Read more »
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    Ready for Something New? Appellate Mediation Is on Its Way

    by Sarah P. “Sally” Campbell
    Editor’s Note: The original version of this article was published in the fall 2018 issue of Virginia Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. In 2018 the Supreme Court of Virginia (SCV) and the Court of Appeals of Virginia (CAV) announced appellate mediation pilot projects that began... Read more »
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    The Importance of Defining Our Roles

    by Rick Oliver
    Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Texas Association for Court Administration Journal, vol. 46, no. 1, January 2018. We’re all cogs in the same wheel: judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court coordinators, bailiffs. Too often, it doesn’t seem to be that way. But, whether we like it or not, we are. The justice system... Read more »
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    Jude Del Preore, “Keeping It Alive”—The Impact of 45 Years in Court Administration

    by Nina Thomas
    Those of us committed to court administration recognize that the strength of this profession is directly linked to men and women with the vision and commitment not only to advance the profession, but also to develop and support others along the way. In June 2019, one of those very special leaders is retiring from his... Read more »