President’s Message

by T.J. BeMent
Greetings fellow court professionals! Take a little time to enjoy this issue’s articles.  We look back at the Top Trends of 2020 and consider ways to ensure that competencies gained from training are maintained as part of professional development.  Our... Read more »

Editor’s Notes

by Charlene Watkins
Dear Reader, I’m a language person, and it sparked my curiosity when I started seeing “physical distancing” supplant “social distancing” in some publications. A move from the social-distancing term is an attempt to underscore the fact that we should maintain... Read more »

Courtside Conversation
Jeffrey Tsunekawa

by Dawn Palermo
Jeffrey Tsunekawa Background: Title, Court:  Director of Research and Court Services, Texas Office of Court Administration NACM Title: Vice President, Chair of Education Committee Number of judges at court: 3,216 (in the state) NACM member since 2007 You are NACM’s... Read more »

A Question of Ethics

by Peter C. Kiefer
The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed many new ethical questions involving the courts. The national “shelter-in-place” directive left businesses and government agencies scrambling. Courts worked to save employee jobs. Many courts were fortunate to receive emergency funding and retain employees for weeks... Read more »

Management Musings

by Giuseppe M. Fazari
What is in the word “yes” when we utter it?  In his book The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey, American educator and businessman Stephen R. Covey equates the commitments that individuals make to one another with “emotional bank... Read more »