Posts By: Janet G. Cornell

Caseflow Management Practices—Opportunities for Application

August 24, 2020
by Janet G. Cornell

Caseflow management is a court responsibility, which benefits from ongoing attentiveness. Caseflow management practices involve efforts for monitoring and overseeing case progress while managing any case backlogs. Monitoring steps occur (optimally) from case initiation through trial, adjudicatory actions, and final… Read more »

Candid Camera: Tips for When You’re on Webcam

August 24, 2020
by Kelly Tait

Even as social-distancing guidelines change, the reality is that many of us will continue to conduct large portions of our jobs remotely. While you’ve probably already been on many video calls, it’s worth reevaluating your options and considering adjustments that… Read more »

Kevin Bowling Receives NACM Award of Merit

August 24, 2020
by Paul DeLosh

For 42 years, Kevin Bowling has had a career in courts, and he is a people person. So, it was a surprise when nobody tipped him off about his receiving the highest honor from the National Association for Court Management… Read more »

President’s Message

August 24, 2020
by T.J. BeMent

Greetings, fellow NACM members! As your new NACM President, I have so much I would like to say in person, but I appreciate the opportunity to give a virtual handshake to my colleagues around the country and even the world…. Read more »

Aligning Caseflow Management Practices with Generational Preferences

March 25, 2020
by Janet G. Cornell

Court leaders can face challenges when implementing and institutionalizing caseflow management practices. Generational influences and preferences may impact success. This article considers caseflow management practices, influences on success, and suggestions about caseflow techniques that make use of generational tendencies. Caseflow… Read more »

Editor’s Note

August 24, 2020
by Charlene Watkins

Dear Reader, The state courts where I live have been caught up in the pandemic crises of our day. Normally, I’d say that’s a reasonable thing. Courts are great places for those seeking justice, access to information, or a resolution… Read more »

Language Access in Human-Trafficking Cases

March 25, 2020
by Melissa McMenemy and Charlene M. Watkins

Human trafficking is a crime against a person wherein an individual is exploited for work or sex. There is a long history of human trafficking in the world, and the practice persists today among cases coming before our courts. Unlike… Read more »

IJIS Exchange

August 24, 2020
by Sue Humphreys

Part two of the three-part column on court project IT dream teams In our last column, we introduced the topic of “dream teams” and gave a few examples of high performers from the world of sports (the 1992 U.S. Olympic… Read more »

President’s Message

March 25, 2020
by Will Simmons

Welcome to this edition of the Court Manager. The NACM Board and our volunteer committee members are engaged and doing a marvelous job on behalf of the association. I am amazed by their dedication and commitment. Please visit the NACM… Read more »

Courtside Conversation
Robert Carbeck

August 24, 2020
by Dawn Palermo

Robert Carbeck Deputy Court Administrator, Washtenaw County Michigan Trial Court Number of judges at court:  Seven NACM member since:  2019 How did you get started in court administration?There was a need and I had some experience. I started my court… Read more »

Editor’s Note

March 25, 2020
by Charlene Watkins

Dear Reader, When I started writing this weeks ago, I led with the idea of change. After all, undertaking this editing role represents a change for me. But now that a pandemic change overtakes my daily job duties and much… Read more »

A Question of Ethics

August 24, 2020
by Peter C. Kiefer

When I think of a courthouse, I often envision a Doric-columned stately judicial building, focused on and controlled by judges. We often forget that many courts in this country are housed in multiuse government facilities. The courts in these facilities are often… Read more »

Early Career Professionals

March 25, 2020
by Tina Mattison

My Career Path Almost 32 years ago, I needed a job. My mom said, “Work for the county. They will hire anyone.” Gee. Thanks, Mom. I had two choices—working in the courts or for the animal shelter where my mom worked…. Read more »

Management Musings

August 24, 2020
by Giuseppe M. Fazari

In Everyday Tao: Living in Balance and Harmony, the Chinese American author, artist, and teacher Deng Ming-Dao writes, “The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps… Read more »

Courtside Conversation

March 25, 2020
by Dawn Palermo

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) Editor’s Note: NACM’s next annual conference is scheduled to be held in New Orleans, July 12-16, 2020. Court Manager would like to help you get acquainted with some of our… Read more »

A Question of Ethics

March 25, 2020
by Peter C. Kiefer

Confidentiality: Are There Still Unanswered Questions? Confidentiality matters can seem black or white, with little to discuss in terms of ethics. Occasionally, a gray area emerges, which is worth exploring. Canon 2.6 of the NACM Model Codes states, “A court… Read more »

Management Musings

March 25, 2020
by Giuseppe M. Fazari

When Failure Is Everything In game four of the 1997 ALCS playoffs, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surrendered a game-winning home run to Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar. Many believed that home run was pivotal in the series in which… Read more »