• Editor’s Note

      by Tasha Ruth
      Paving the Cowpath Last week I started my first class of the Institute for Court Management’s Court Management Program II course. Our instructor gave us some sage advice: “Don’t pave the cowpath.” I had heard the phrase, “You can’t put lipstick on a pig” before, but this was a barnyard euphemism I was unfamiliar with.... Read more »
    • Early Career Professionals

      by Angie VanSchoick
      Find Your Voice When I first started as a court administrator, I had zero experience with the judicial or legal systems. There was a point where I received a traffic ticket, but I paid it right away and never needed to step foot in a courtroom. My court knowledge was limited to whatever I had... Read more »
    • Courtside ConversationAngie VanSchoick

      by Dawn Palermo
      Angie VanSchoick Court Administrator, Breckenridge Municipal Court, Breckenridge, Colorado NACM Board of Directors, elected July 2018 Number of judges at court: 1 NACM member since 2013 How did you come to work for the courts?I came to work for the courts in a very roundabout way. I had been working in health care since 2003,... Read more »
    • A Question of Ethics

      by Peter C. Kiefer
      Their Primary Job Is the Court, But Do Your Employees Have a Say? Courts, like many other government entities, are notorious for offering low pay that is offset by the promise of good health insurance and retirement. Still, many court employees find it difficult to make ends meet, so they hold down second jobs. The... Read more »
    • Management Musings

      by Giuseppe M. Fazari
      Anagnorisis Anagnorisis is the moment when a character in a play or other creative work makes a critical discovery. In his Poetics, Aristotle defined it as a “change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hate between the persons destined by the poet for good or bad fortune.” For Captain James “Bugger” Staros, played by... Read more »