President’s Message

by Vicky Carlson
“Do what is right, not what is easy” —author unknown My typical day, like many court leaders, is spent transitioning from one important task to another while putting out unanticipated fires in between. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy... Read more »

Editor’s Notes

by Tasha Ruth
My regular job duties provide me an opportunity to visit courthouses throughout my state. Some are looming and opulent. Some are quaint and unassuming. My favorite sites are those with beautiful stained-glass rotundas and grand staircases. When I visit clerks’... Read more »

Early Career Professionals

by Jeffrey Tsunekawa
So, you work for a court. It may be a small court with one judge in a rural city. It may be a large court with 60 judges in a major metropolitan city. The work seems to go far beyond... Read more »

Courtside Conversation Cherie Garofalo

by Matthew Kleiman
Cherie Garofalo A Season of Firsts Cherie Garofalo is the deputy court executive officer in the Superior Court of California in San Bernardino. San Bernardino County has a population of 2.1 million people and is the largest county by geographic... Read more »

A Question of Ethics *

by Peter C. Kiefer
Over the years, I’ve had a number of court employees share their feelings about management. A recurring theme, often by those who have to clock in daily, has been resentment over performance evaluations by supervisors who do not perform the... Read more »

Management Musings

by Giuseppe M. Fazari
In Rafa: My Story, Rafael Nadal discusses his final pregame ritual before squaring off against Roger Federer: As important as all the preparations that went before, was to look up, scan the perimeter of the stadium, and search for my... Read more »

IJIS Exchange

by Sue Humphreys
Chances are, you’ve had more than a passing conversation about online dispute resolution (ODR, for short) within the last year. Maybe you’re investigating ways to implement ODR and looking for signs that the technology is beyond the major pitfalls of... Read more »