Departments

    • President’s Message

      by Vicky Carlson
      The 2018 annual conference in Atlanta is just around the corner, and the Education Committee has been busy putting together an outstanding education program and conference experience. With the conference upon us, it also means that it will be time to vote in a new board. This means that my term as president is coming... Read more »
    • Editor’s Notes

      by Tasha Ruth
      Ever since the 2018 NACM Midyear Conference in sunny Orange County, California, I’ve been bragging about my growing hippocampus. Allow me to explain. The conference focused on mindfulness, taking care of ourselves so we can become better leaders and managers, and collaboration. On Monday, we heard from Dr. Marc Milstein, who specializes in taking the... Read more »
    • Courtside Conversation
      Jame Carney

      by Matthew Kleiman & Taylor Allison
      Interview conducted and edited by Matthew Kleiman & Taylor Allison Editor’s note: Courtside Conversation has always highlighted court administrators, focusing on their backgrounds, their management styles, and their relationships with judges and other administrative staff. This one is different. In this interview, we’re talking with an Olympic cycling coach to show how the elements of... Read more »
    • Early Career Professionals

      by Michelle Dunivan
      Distracted, indecisive, selfish, disruptive, entitled, impatient, entrepreneurial: traits not typically solicited in a court administration job posting. Yet these traits are often associated with Millennials, the generation occupying and applying for the majority of jobs in courts worldwide. Each year, more long-term employees join the retirement-eligible population, and as the economy recovers, even more are... Read more »
    • A Question of Ethics

      by Peter C. Kiefer
      Despite years of debate, accepting gifts is still one of the most challenging topics in court ethics. Many stand adamantly against court personnel accepting gifts under any circumstances; others worry that taking such an unflinching stand harms employee morale and possibly upsets the local legal culture. The NACM Code (Canon 3.3) prohibits court professionals from... Read more »
    • Management Musings

      by Giuseppe M. Fazari
      In his book The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals, Thomas Suddendorf studies the six traits that separate us from other species — language, mental time travel, theory of mind, intelligence, culture, and morality. Suddendorf argues that at the rudimentary level, there are many animals that manifest at least some of... Read more »
    • IJIS Exchange

      by Jenny Bunch
      Connecting Business and Technology As noted by Kofi Annan, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.” Such a simple and powerful message! But how do you find the information you seek? Ah, there’s always a catch. While Google works well for casting a wide net, sometimes what you really need is a sieve. Enter the Court... Read more »