NACM’s Voice of the Profession Survey Results and Future Plans

Last August at NACM’s annual conference in Atlanta, then President Vicky Carlson delivered the association’s inaugural State of the Profession Address. If you missed it or would like to listen to it again, it is available on the NACM YouTube channel. Her speech highlighted several important topics, including the notion that NACM has a key… Read more »

Innovating Justice: Will AI and LawTech Deliver Jack Cade’s Utopia?

This intentionally light-hearted article, in juxtaposition to the seriousness of the subject, is about judicial and legal efficiency. Not efficiency in the management consultant’s sense—less pay and more work make us “efficient” (if not despondent)—but, instead, how we, as court (and thought) leaders, using technology, can better deliver justice to change the lives of a… Read more »

Ten Things You Should Know About Blockchain Today: A Guide for Court Managers

The story of the blockchain, law, and trust is still unfolding. It just might be one of the most important stories of our time.… [S]ystems based on blockchain technology’s foundational innovation could influence all aspects of business, government, and human communities. It would be premature to label the blockchain movement a revolution with similar impacts… Read more »

Effective Case Management: Striking the Balance Between Efficiency and Quality

Editor’s Note: The paper featured in this article comes from a special issue of Criminal Justice Policy Review, commissioned by the Data Collaborative for Justice. The Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, funded by Arnold Ventures, seeks to raise important questions and share critical research about frequent interactions between… Read more »

Redefining Case Management

Case management is part of every civil justice reform proposal afoot in the nation. It is mentioned at every conference and in every set of recommendations. But here is the rub. The literature and experience on the ground all pointed to the importance of case management decades ago, yet it is still not the norm…. Read more »

Making the Impossible Possible Through Collaboration: Athens-Clarke County Justice Mental Health Collaborative

Helping citizens diagnosed with mental illness while saving taxpayers money? “Impossible!” you say. Yet that is exactly what is happening in Athens, Georgia. The Justice Mental Health Collaborative in Athens is working to reduce the number of individuals in local jails who are suffering from mental illness. The goal is to divert these individuals from… Read more »

Ready for Something New? Appellate Mediation Is on Its Way

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article was published in the fall 2018 issue of Virginia Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. In 2018 the Supreme Court of Virginia (SCV) and the Court of Appeals of Virginia (CAV) announced appellate mediation pilot projects that began… Read more »

The Importance of Defining Our Roles

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Texas Association for Court Administration Journal, vol. 46, no. 1, January 2018. We’re all cogs in the same wheel: judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court coordinators, bailiffs. Too often, it doesn’t seem to be that way. But, whether we like it or not, we are. The justice system… Read more »