2017 NACM & IACA Joint International Conference

09 July - 13 July Hyatt Regency Crystal City
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Schedule

  • 09 July
  • 10 July
  • 11 July
  • 12 July
  • 13 July

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

05:00 AM 05:00 AM

Joint Technology Committee Meeting (JTC)

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

ICM Fellows Continuing Education (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 04:20 PM

IACA: International Journal of Court Administration (IJCA) and other publications meeting

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Registration and Conference Information

11:00 AM 07:00 PM

Association Leadership Seminar (By Invitation)

01:00 PM 04:30 PM

Pamela Harris

Yolanda Lewis

PT Patti Tobias

NLADA Forum (By Invitation)

01:30 PM 03:30 PM

IACA Executive Board Meeting

02:00 PM 05:00 PM

Education bonus sessions starting at 2:30 p.m. open to all attendees

02:15 PM 02:30 PM

Management and Innovation Program in the Brazilian Federal Justice System - "iNovaJusp" Case Study

02:30 PM 04:00 PM

Paulo Cezar Neves

Luciana Ortiz Tavares Costa Zanoni

Digital Records in the Courts—Promise and Peril. Learn about the New NACM Guide.

02:30 PM 04:00 PM

Nial Raaen

Court Research Workshop

02:30 PM 04:00 PM

Philip Langbroek

Kathy Laster

Richard  Schauffler

Host & Reporter Orientation

04:00 PM 04:30 PM

Early Career Professionals (ECP) Welcome Session

04:30 PM 05:30 PM

First Time Annual Conference Attendee Welcome Reception

05:30 PM 06:30 PM

Welcome Reception with Dueling Pianos (All Attendees)

06:30 PM 09:30 PM

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

05:00 AM 06:00 AM

Boot Camp (All Attendees & Guests Welcome)

05:50 AM 07:00 AM

Kathryn Griffin

Breakfast On Your Own

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Registration and Conference Information

07:30 AM 05:00 PM

The Dr. is In

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Conference Welcome & Announcements

08:15 AM 08:45 AM

Keynote Panel Presentation: The Challenge of Excellence on a Global Scale: Chief Justice Perspectives from Around the World

08:45 AM 10:15 AM

Kenneth  Benjamin

Mary McQueen

John Minton

Mogoeng  Mogoeng

MA  Yuanjie

Networking Break

10:15 AM 10:30 AM

Remote Delivery of Access to Justice: The Path to Implementation and the Partnerships Along the Way

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Renee Danser

Mirenda Meghelli

The Challenges of Excellence on a Global Scale

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Jeff Apperson

Mary McQueen

National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices - Resources, Tools and Challenges

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Dave Byers

Laurie Dudgeon

David Slayton

Extending the Core to Your Court: Caseflow Management and Resources, Budget & Finance

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Alfred Degrafinreid

Kathryn  Griffin

Greg Lambard

Who is a Journalist? Changing Legal Definitions and Implications for Courts, as Seen in New Zealand, Australia and the United States

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Jane Johnston

Anne Wallace

Transforming the Public Experience of Justice: Three Countries, One Goal

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Noel Doherty

Harold Epineuse

Frank Greene

Barbara Marcille

NACM Lunch and Business Meeting (All NACM attendees)

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

IACA Lunch and Business Meeting (All IACA Attendees)

11:30 AM 01:00 PM

Networking Break

01:00 PM 01:15 PM

The (un)Balanced Life

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Pierre Quinn

Judges, Staff and Money - How Can They be Fairly Allocated? The US Federal Judiciary Shares its Secrets

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Jim Baugher

Elizabeth Wiggins

Defining Legal Advice and Legal Information with an International Emphasis

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

John Greacen

New Guidelines for Public Access to Court Records: What has Changed?

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Tom Clarke

Kevin Iwersen

AidData, Foreign Assistance, and the Rule of Law: Examining Justice Sector Reform in Practice

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Suren Avanesyan

John Cipperly

Nicole Cochran

Matthew Kleiman

Managing a High Profile Case in Your Court - Lessons Learned from the Prince Case

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Kevin Eide

Kristen Trebil-Halbersma

Networking Break

02:15 PM 02:30 PM

The Evidence Behind Effective Customer Service: Procedural Justice and Fair Treatment

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Margaret Allen

Emily Gold LaGratta

Leading & Managing when Status, Power, and Control Collide: The Story of Presiding Judges & Court Administrators

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Maureen Conner

Luis Maria Palma

Ethics, Integrity and the Courts: Judicial Independence Confronting Malfeasance

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Peter Kiefer

Shelley Organ

Karl Thoennes

Innovative Strategies for Assessing Risk in Domestic Violence Cases and Obtaining Access to Justice

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Julieta Marotta

Robyn  Mazur

Best Practices in Adult Drug Courts: Promoting Fidelity to the Model

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Mary Kay Hudson

Rick Schwermer

The Future is Now: On-Line Dispute Resolution and the Courts

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Fabrício Bittencourt Da Cruz

Alex  Sanchez

Networking Break

03:30 PM 03:45 PM

Plenary: Justice Demands The Best You

03:45 PM 04:45 PM

Pierre Quinn

Social Hour (All Attendees)

04:45 PM 05:45 PM

Dinner - On Your Own

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

OPTIONAL: Bus Tour of Washington, DC

07:00 PM 09:30 PM

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

05:00 AM 06:00 AM

Fun Run

05:50 AM 07:00 AM

Breakfast On Your Own

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Registration/Conference Information

07:30 AM 04:30 PM

The Dr. Is In

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Announcements & Awards

08:30 AM 09:00 AM

Plenary: The Power of Culture: Working Together to Achieve Justice

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Jon Rapping

Networking Break

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

Civil Case Management Teams (CCMT) in Action: What Are They and How Well Do They Do?

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Paula Hannaford-Agor

YM Yanitza  Madigal

Thomas  Rebull

Cybersecurity and the Courts (Sponsored by Mitre)

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Amgad Fayad

Brett Moseley

Michele  Stovall

Designing for Dignity and Fairness in Contemporary Courthouses

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

James Beight

Noel Doherty

Robert Fisch

David  Insinga

DT David Tait

Plenary Follow Up: How We Can Resist a Culture of Injustice and Help Reform the System From Within

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

GC Genevieve Citrin Ray

Jon Rapping

How Court Administrators as Public Servants Can Engage the Public

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Court Leader Excellence: Competencies and Roles (NACM Guide and CORE*)

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Janet Cornell

Lunch On Your Own

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

Plenary Panel: International Framework for Court Excellence and the High Performance Court Framework: Contrasts and Comparisons

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Pim Albers

Violaine Autheman

Dan Hall

Matthew Kleiman

Gregory  Reinhardt

Networking Break

02:00 PM 02:15 PM

Implicit Bias: How Our Amazing Brains Can Lead Us Astray

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

Kelly Tait

Leveraging Technology to Improve Customer Service and Track Performance

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

Rita Blandino

John King

Nelly Montenegro

JV Joseph Vellon

Plenary Follow Up: Traveling the Path to Court Excellence

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

Kevin Bowling

Danielle Fox

Dan Hall

Cristina Malai

Jennifer Marie

Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) and the Judiciary: Case Studies in Process Improvement in the U.S. Federal Courts and Judiciaries Across Europe

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

David Bradley

Michael  Milby

John Stacey

Robbie Westmoreland

Judicial Security: At Work, At Home, and on the Internet

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

Thomas Figmik

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on the Administration of Justice (Sponsored by Mitre)

02:15 PM 03:15 PM

L. Karl Branting

Margaret Hagan

Networking Break

03:15 PM 03:30 PM

Community Engagement in the State Courts: Learn About the Tools Developed to Engage with Minority and Disadvantaged Communities

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Joseph Hamm

Nina  Hess Hsu

Amy  Quinlan

Judicial and Administrative Capacity Building - Comparative Experiences in the United States, France, Japan and Abu Dhabi

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Tim Dibble

Past, Present and Future of Cloud Computing

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Heather Pettit

Peter Smolianski

Plenary Follow Up: Keeping the Journey on Course

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Tin  Bunjevac

Philip Langbroek

Richard  Schauffler

How can you Fix your Guardianship System? Lessons from National and State Reform Efforts

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Cate Boyko

Jeffery Rinard

Brenda Uekert

Leadership from the White House to the Courthouse: Four Practices of Effective Leaders

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Michael Eric Siegel

Board Bus for Library of Congress-meet in lobby-wear badge

06:00 PM 06:00 PM

Social Event - Library of Congress (All attendees & Pre-registered Guests)

06:30 PM 09:00 PM

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

05:00 AM 06:00 AM

Breakfast - On Your Own

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Registration and Conference Information

07:30 AM 04:30 PM

The Dr. Is In

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

How Equal Will We Be? The Future Focus of Access to Justice

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Peter Kiefer

Phillip Knox

Anne Wallace

Case Management Cookbook: Three Key Ingredients to Building a Successful Case Management System (Sponsored by Thomson Reuters)

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Kendall  Smith

Protecting Your Court: Practical Facility Enhancements for Your Courthouse from Enhancing Security to Technology Improvements to Strategic Solutions

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Nathan Hall

Succeed Through Achievement and Resilience - An Alternative Program for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Catherine  Pratt

Connecting Courts, Connecting Justice: Recognition and Enforcement of Civil Judgments

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Mark Beer

The Legal History, Neuroscience, and Toxicology of Marijuana: What the Justice System Needs to Know

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Mary Celeste

Networking Break

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Promoting Efficiency and Quality of Justice-The European Commission for Efficiency of Justice Perspective

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Ivana Borzova

Excellence in Social Media: Challenges and Successes that Courts Internationally Have Faced When Using Social Media to Engage the Public

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Marilyn Bromberg

Effective Juror Orientation

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Paula Hannaford-Agor

The Justice Goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: An Invitation to Excellence for Justice Systems

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Ingo Keilitz

Trauma Awareness and Resilience Strategies for Work and for Life

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Shaun  Floerke

Global Lessons in Creating a Performance Culture; Management, Training and Incentives

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Linn  Hammergren

Georgia Harley

Jennifer Marie

Exhibit Show (All Attendees)

10:00 AM 03:30 PM

Exhibit Show Lunch - (All Attendees, Exhibitors & Pre-registered Guest)

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Snack Break

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Special Interest Group (SIG) - Human Resource Issues for the Modern Court

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Jeri Boetcher

Special Interest Group (SIG) - Current Issues and Opportunities for Courts in the Use of Information Technology

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Jack McCarthy

Special Interest Group (SIG) - The Wave of Criminal and Civil Justice Reform: Where We are and Where We are Going

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Marcus Reinkensmeyer

NACM Conference Development Committee Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

NACM Communications Committee Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

NACM Membership Committee Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

NACM Governance Committee Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

IACA Commission Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM

Social Hour (All Attendees)

04:30 PM 05:30 PM

Dinner - On Your Own

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

ICM Fellows Reception (ICM Fellows only)

05:30 PM 07:00 PM

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

05:00 AM 06:00 AM

Breakfast (All attendees)

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Registration and Conference Information

07:30 AM 12:00 PM

The Dr. Is In

08:00 AM 02:00 PM

NACM Awards & Business Meeting (All NACM Attendees)

08:15 AM 09:30 AM

IACA Business Meeting (All IACA Attendees)

08:15 AM 09:30 AM

Networking Break

09:30 AM 09:45 AM

Plenary: Courts Disrupted: How Technology and Innovation have the Power to Improve as Well as Disrupt Court Business Practices

09:45 AM 10:45 AM

Margaret Hagan

David Slayton

Plenary: Change! Emerging Trends Impacting the Administration of Justice Around the World

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Gary Marchant

Conference Adjourns. Thank you to our speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors!!!

12:00 PM 12:00 PM

Lunch - On Your Own

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

NACM Post Conference Board Meeting (NACM Board Members)

12:30 PM 02:30 PM

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

NACM Board

IACA Board

Pim Albers

Independent International Expert
Dr. Albers is currently an independent international expert in the justice sector area (www.albersconsulting.eu), former Special Advisor at the Council of Europe Directorate General Human Rights and Legal Affairs (the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice - CEPEJ), and former coordinating policy advisor for the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice (years 2009-2014 and 1997-2006).
While with CEPEJ, Dr. Albers developed, coordinated and conducted international evaluation studies on European judicial systems of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Also he was the co-creator of the International Framework of Court Excellence (www.courtexcellence.com).
Dr. Albers has a rich international judicial reforms experience that includes work for European and international organizations for technical assistance justice sector projects in Europe (e.g. Croatia, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania), Asia (Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Philippines) and the Middle-East and North Africa region (Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestine Territories).

11 July

Margaret Allen

Director of National Programs
National Center for State Courts
Margaret Allen joined the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management (ICM) staff as Director of National Programs in June of 2016. Margaret oversees all aspects of ICM course offerings for Consortium states, Licensees, National Programs, Partners, and distance learning, ensuring that participants are well-served and reaching out to courts to promote ICM continuing education offerings. Previously, Margaret served for 15 years as a judicial educator at The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College. She represented Ohio on the CMP Consortium Designee Committee from 2008-2010 and oversaw ICM course offerings in Ohio from 2005-2016, including the student application process, faculty selection and development, on-site course logistics and acting as a liaison with ICM. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the National Association of State Judicial Educators. Margaret holds a B. A. from Wellesley College and is a member of the ICM Fellows Class of 2015.

10 July

Violaine Autheman

Senior Advisor and Senior Program Manager
National Center for State Courts
Violaine Autheman is a Senior Advisor and Senior Program Manager at the National Center for State Courts responsible for justice sector programming in Europe, North Africa, and South Asia. Ms. Autheman has served as technical expert and team leader on a number of U.S.-funded programs to strengthen the Rule of Law and improve governance in the justice sector, including as Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID Justice Strengthening Program in Kosovo (2010-2011), Chief of Party of the USAID Justice for All Program in Bangladesh (2013; 2014-2015); and Project Director of the State Department INL Improving Court Administration Program in Tunisia (2016-2018). In Bangladesh, Ms. Autheman has conceptualized training and resources designed to equip judicial leaders, judges, and staff with the tools necessary to conduct self-assessments and undertake reforms to achieve court excellence and address delays in case processing. In Kosovo and Tunisia, Ms. Autheman conceptualized and directed the implementation of Model Courts Programs, high-impact programs designed to promote innovation, adapt best practices, and commit to transformational reforms in court administration, enabling courts to pursue excellence and improve the efficiency and accessibility of services. Specialized in civil procedure, enforcement of judgements, case management, and public accountability, Ms. Autheman has extensive experience with the design and delivery of results-oriented change plans in the justice sector. Ms. Autheman has developed and managed legal and judicial reform assessments and programs to improve judicial efficiency, accountability systems, and access to justice in countries as diverse as Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Liberia, China, and Haiti. Ms. Autheman is a published author on judicial councils, judicial independence, and other rule of law reform topics. Ms. Autheman has an LLM in International Legal Studies from American University, Washington College of Law, and has a degree in French and Anglo-American Law and Masters Diploma in Applied Legal Studies from the University of Paris X, France. She is fluent in English and French and is proficient in Albanian and Spanish.

11 July

Suren Avanesyan

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Senior Advisor
Suren Avanesyan is the Senior Advisor, Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-Corruption in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this capacity, Mr. Avanesyan provides technical guidance and policy advice to the Bureau, the field missions and the US Government on issues relating to the justice sector and governance reform efforts in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. He has provided key support to the Innovation Working Group and several components of the Civil Society Working Group under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mr. Avanesyan has served as a Senior Advisor and Political Officer to the Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to joining USAID, he worked in the World Bank and in several for-profit and not-for-profit international development organizations in Washington, DC. Mr. Avanesyan has worked in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He teaches graduate courses in governance and rule of law as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He practiced criminal law in Russia and is a native Russian speaker. Mr. Avanesyan holds a J.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

10 July

Jim Baugher

Associate Director
AO’s Department of Administrative Services
James (Jim) Baugher has nearly thirty years of experience in a variety of budgetary and administrative positions in the federal government, the last twenty-two at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Jim currently serves as the Associate Director for the AO’s Department of Administrative Services. The Department includes Human Resources; Facilities and Security; Budget, Accounting and Procurement; and Administrative Systems Offices. Jim was appointed to this position in April 2016. Previously, Jim served as the Judiciary’s Budget Officer and Chief of the AO’s Budget Division. He served in this position for over 11 years, from January 2005 through March 2016. He was actively engaged in leading the national budget planning and cost-containment efforts for the judiciary and with the courts. Jim also worked closely with the Budget Committee, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference, other committees, and the courts to help steer the judiciary through sequestration, the October 2013 government shut-down, and its aftermath and recovery.
Prior to joining the Administrative Office, Jim held positions at the White House (Office of National Drug Control Policy), the FDIC (Resolution Trust Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Education.
Jim graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science and public administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1987. Jim also received a Master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in public management, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2000.

10 July

Mark Beer

Chief Executive and Registrar
DIFC Courts
Mark Beer is Chief Executive and Registrar of the DIFC Courts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mark is also a Judge of the Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal, Chairman of the Courts’ Users’ Committee, a Member of the Rules Subcommittee and Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. In 2010 Mark was appointed for a year's term as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the International Legal System and he is Vice-President of the Middle East for the International Association for Court Administration.
Under Mark's direction, the Courts have secured a reputation as one of the most efficient and advanced commercial courts in the world. He has overseen the launch of various judicial firsts for the Middle East, including a Code of Professional Conduct, a Pro Bono programme and a common law training academy. He has played a key role in the development of the Courts’ many formalised relationships with partner judicial systems in the region and beyond.
Mark has also overseen the implementation of an electronic case management system to enhance the efficiency of the Courts’ operations, making the DIFC Courts one of the first paperless courts in the world.
To increase understanding of the DIFC Courts within the UAE’s legal community, Mark, with the assistance of the resident Judges and the Courts’ team, has worked to establish a DIFC Courts’ Legal Practitioners’ Series that presents quarterly seminars and lectures on matters that concern the DIFC Courts’ working practices and related issues. He was also involved in the establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Academy, committed to training lawyers about the best practices for conducting litigation in common law courts such as the DIFC Courts.
Mark has played a key role in developing formal working relationships between the DIFC Courts and the other Courts in the UAE and internationally. In Dubai, he has been involved with formalising agreements covering enforcement and joint initiatives to promote training with the Dubai Courts. The DIFC Courts are an important component of the DIFC’s international business offering, and accordingly, Mark has represented the Courts to increase awareness of the DIFC’s world-class judicial framework.
Mark joined the DIFC Courts after five years working at MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he had served as the company’s Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across the same region. Previously, Mark worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in private practice both in the UK and the UAE.

12 July

James Beight

Dewberry Architects Inc.
Mr. Beight is an architect with close to 30 years of experience in the design and planning of courthouse facilities throughout the United States.He is the AIA’s liaison to NACM and has worked closely to foster stronger relationships between to two professional organizations.

11 July

T.J. BeMent

District Court Administrator
10th Judicial Administrative District
Tracy "T.J." BeMent is the District Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial Administrative District of Georgia. He was previously the Court Administrator for the Athens-Clarke County Courts having worked in the courts in Las Vegas and and the District of Columbia before that. T.J. works regularly accountability court and other court programs in his District to conduct reviews, evaluations and process improvements. T.J. received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. T.J. is also a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

Kenneth Benjamin

Chief Justice
The Supreme Court of Belize
The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a national of Guyana and Antigua. He received his legal training from the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He returned to Guyana where he practiced privately. He also served as a Magistrate and Assistant Judge Advocate for the Guyana Defence Force. He has served on the Court of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court sitting in both St. Lucia and St. Vincent. He also served as the Presiding Judge for the Criminal Division of the High Court in St. Lucia. He has served as a High Court Judge in Antigua, British Virgin Islands and Grenada. He served as Chief Magistrate in Antigua and Barbuda. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Belize on September 15, 2011. He is a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association, a former Rotarian and a former cricket executive in Antigua. The Hon. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.

10 July

Fabrício Bittencourt Da Cruz

Brazilian National Council of Justice
Former Secretary-General
FABRÍCIO BITTENCOURT DA CRUZ is the former Secretary-General of the Brazilian National Council of Justice. He also works as Constitutional Law Professor at State University of Ponta Grossa – School of Law. After have served for three years as Prosecutor, he was appointed Federal Judge, his actual career. He also served for two years as Magistrate Judge at the Brazilian Supreme Court.
Fabrício earned the Master in Law degree(Sc.M)at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, and the Doctor in Law degree (Ph.D) at the Universidade of São Paulo. As Secretary-General of the Brazilian National Council of Justice, Fabrício worked mainly in the field of administration of justice. He also acted as co-coordinator on the Conciliation and Mediation System and as member of Electronic Process Advisory Council, both on the Federal Court of the 4th Region.

10 July

Rita Blandino

Deputy Director, Domestic Violence Unit
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Rita Blandino is the Deputy Director of the Domestic Violence Unit and has been with the Courts for over 10 years. Ms. Blandino was instrumental in the development and implementation of the DV Unit’s Electronic Check-In System. She also developed and implemented an Electronic Sign-In System in the D.C. Courts’ Crime Victims Compensation Program where she began her career with the Courts as a Legal Claims Examiner. Before joining the Courts, Ms. Blandino worked for agencies such as Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), AYUDA, and Safe Horizon in New York serving victims of domestic violence in various capacities. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Ms. Blandino also holds a Certificate in Court Management from the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management.

11 July

Jeri Boetcher

Human Resources Manager
First Judicial District of Minnesota
Jeri Boetcher is the Human Resources Manager for the First Judicial District in Minnesota, focused primarily in the areas of HR policy development and administration, labor/employee relations, performance management, education and development, legal compliance, staffing, and HR strategic planning. Prior to joining the First District, Jeri practiced as a paralegal in several Wisconsin and Minnesota law firms, specializing in probate, real estate, personal injury and workers compensation. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. Jeri has completed the NCSC Court Executive Program and is currently enrolled in the Fellows Program.

12 July

Ivana Borzova

Lawyer
Ministry of Justice, Prague
After finishing the Charles University in Prague, I had a short work in the law office. Since 1993, I am working in the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic. I was dealing with complaints and than in the Department of Judicial Supervision. I am specialized in civil law. My main task is to supervise the work of courts, especially with regard to the length of civil proceedings, but I am also involved in any other business concerning non-criminal matters; for example, I participated in introducing mediation in non-criminal cases into Czech legal system.
I represent the Czech Republic in the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe, I participated in its different activities, such as member of the working group on mediation - CEPEJ-GT-MED and member of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management. Currently I am also member of the Bureau.

12 July

Kevin Bowling

Trial Court Administrator
20th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court
Kevin J. Bowling, JD, MSJA is the Trial Court Administrator and Attorney Referee for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court in Ottawa County, Michigan. He is a Past President of the National Association for Court Management, Co-Chair of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee, and Chair of the DOJ Global Advisory Committee.His work in the judicial system spans more than 35 years with time spent as a court manager, attorney, judicial educator and court consultant, including service in western Africa as Deputy Chief of Party for the Nigeria Justice Sector Assistance Project.Mr. Bowling also served for 20 years in a variety of positions with the Michigan Supreme Court, including State Judicial Educator and Regional Court Administrator.Additional Court experience includes internships with the Denver Juvenile Court and the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Mr. Bowling received his B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island; a M.S. in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law; a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ottawa County Bar Association, National Association for Court Management, National Association of State Judicial Educators, and Michigan Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20. Mr. Bowling has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Court Management, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, and is a Faculty member of the National Judicial College.Mr. Bowling is a trained mediator and serves on the Board of Directors for Mediation Services in Holland, Michigan.In addition, he is a member and former Vice President of the Michigan Association of Circuit Court Administrators.

11 July

Cate Boyko

Manager
Minnesota Judicial Branch Statewide Conservator Account Auditing Program
Cate Boyko is the manager of the Minnesota Judicial Branch statewide Conservator Account Auditing Program. Cate was the project manager for the award winning MYMNConservator (MMC).MMC is an online application used by Minnesota conservators to electronically file inventories and annual accounts with Minnesota courts.Cate has extensive experience with program administration, project management, auditing supervision, and white collar crime investigation. Prior to her position with the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Cate was with the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has a Master of Public Administration.

11 July

David Bradley

Clerk of Court
Southern District of Texas
David Bradley has served in the Clerk's Office of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, with headquarters in Houston, since 1982, and was appointed to the position of Clerk of Court in 2009. Prior to his employment with the federal courts, Mr. Bradley served as a Captain in the United States Army, and was in the private practice of law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Methodist College, and a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.

11 July

L. Karl Branting

Principal Artificial Intelligence Engineer
MITRE Corporation
L. Karl Branting, attorney and Ph.D. computer scientist, is a Principal Artificial Intelligence Engineer at the MITRE Corporation, where he has helped to design and implement data analytics for the Federal Judiciary. Dr. Branting was a US Supreme Court Fellow (2000-2001), Fulbright Senior Scholar, president of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (2002-2004), former professor at the University of Wyoming department of computer science, and NSF Career Award recipient, and has over 40 publications on legal and judicial applications of Artificial Intelligence.

11 July

Marilyn Bromberg

Senior Lecturer
University of Notre Dame, Australia
Dr Marilyn Bromberg, PhD, BBA (Hon), LLB (Dist), Grad Cert University Teaching, is an internationally renowned academic and sought after guest speaker in the areas of social media and the courts and Health Law. She works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia Law School, the Principal at Dr Bromberg Legal and as a consultant and researcher for various legal organisations.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Marilyn commenced work as a freelance journalist for Canada's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, at the age of 14. Marilyn has been interviewed on TV, radio and other media outlets about her research many times. Some of the venues where Marilyn has spoken include: Harvard University, The Supreme Court of Canada, The Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University Law School.

12 July

Tin Bunjevac

Faculty Member
Victoria University Law School
Tin Bunjevac has more than 15 years of practical experience in a variety of legal, academic and court-related roles. He has completed his PhD thesis on the transformation of court governance in Victoria, Australia, and his published research in this area has been well-received both in Australia and internationally. Tin is a faculty member at the Victoria University Law School and the Courts Academy in Melbourne, Australia. Previously, he was a ministerial advisor at the Victorian Department of Justice, where he utilised his expertise in court governance and court administration. He has considerable experience in managing and implementing court-based projects, including the establishment of the mental health court in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria ("the ARC List"), for which he received a Justice 2010 Award from the Department of Justice.

11 July

Dave Byers

Administrative Director of the Courts
Arizona Supreme Court
Dave Byers is the Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Director of the Courts. He is responsible for an overseeing the operations of the Arizona Court system with over 10,000 employees and a total budget of $740M.The system also operates both juvenile and adult probation and 13 juvenile detention centers.Byers began his career with the court in 1978 as the first Director of the Foster Care Review Board.Before being appointed Administrative Director by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1992, Byers past positions included Director of the Program Services Division, Director of Adult and Juvenile Probation, and Deputy Director of the Arizona Supreme Court. Byers has also served as Chairman of the $34B Arizona State Retirement System; and is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona; Member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; member of the ABA Legal Education and Admissions Council; a member of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council; and the Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee. He is the Founder and first President of the National Association of Foster Care Reviewers, and Cofounder of the Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation. He served on, the Board of Directors, National Centers for State Courts, 2000-2001; President, Conference of State Court Administrators 2000-2001. In 2012, Byers was honored with the Gabe Zimmerman Leadership Award and received the 2013 Warren E. Burger Award. He is the recipient of the National Centers Distinguished Service Award, the Arizona Supreme Courts Distinguished Service Award, the State Bars award of Appreciation and was the Cedar Falls, Iowa, Man of the Year in 1970. B.A., Northern Iowa University.Master’s degree, Arizona State University.

10 July

Mary Celeste

Judge (retired)
Denver County Court
Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.) sat on the Denver County Court bench 2000-2015. She was the Presiding Judge 2009 and 2010 and the co-founder of the Denver County Court Sobriety Court. She is the current chair of ABA National Conference of Specialized Courts and Faculty for the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) and the National Judicial College (NJC). She has served as the President of the American Judge’s Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and, as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Judicial Outreach Liaison. She has written many articles and is a national speaker on the topics of marijuana, marijuana drug impaired driving and specialty courts. She has presented to NADCP, APPA, AJA, ABA, DATIA, NHTSA, Lifesavers, Pennsylvania DUI Association, Michigan and Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals and to Judges, Specialty Court Conferences, and Safety Highway Offices in the States of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and in Canada.

12 July

Paulo Cezar Neves

Judge Administration Chief
Judiciary Federal Section, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paulo Cezar Neves Junior is the current Judge Administration Chief of the Judiciary Federal Section of the state of São Paulo/Brazil. He is a doctoral student in Financial Law at the University of São Paulo, researching the application of corporate governance techniques in judicial management. He has master’s degree and especialization in Law.
He also integrates a research group in Brazil in the area of Judiciary Budget, Management and Public Policy at the University of São Paulo. He has articles published, having organized events in Brazil and abroad also in such areas.
He is former president of the Regional Federal Judges Association (2013 - 2015) and was the First Secretary of the National Federal Judges Association – AJUFE between 2008 and 2010.
Currently, he is also Federal Judge at the Eleventh Appeals Panel of the Special Federal Courts of São Paulo and professor of financial law and civil procedural law.

09 July

John Cipperly

International Development Program Manager
National Center for State Courts
John Cipperly is an International Development Program Manager with more than 10 years of experience in the design and management of Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-corruption programs for USAID, INL, and other donors. Cipperly has developed or managed programs in Latin America (Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic), Eastern Europe (Serbia & Kosovo); and Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Uganda). As Senior Program Manager, he is responsible for developing and expanding NCSC’s portfolio of programs that address justice sector transparency and accountability. His interests include: justice sector integrity and anti-corruption; Rule of Law problem identification and program design, monitoring and evaluation; public trust in judicial systems; and sociological studies of legal systems. He is a native English speaker and fluent in Spanish.

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Genevieve Citrin Ray

Senior Program Associate
Justice Programs Office, School of Public Affairs, American University
Genevieve Citrin Ray is a Senior Program Associate at the Justice Programs Office, a center at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Genevieve graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with her Master's in Public Policy in 2015. Prior to attending the Ford School, she worked as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia for four years. As an investigator, she realized she wanted to pursue a degree in public policy, focusing on criminal justice reform. At the Ford School, she conducted a qualitative research study that examined how incarceration impacts not only the individual incarcerated but also their families. Genevieve also worked with the Washtenaw County Office of Community Corrections to help create a jail reentry program. Genevieve received her B.A. from Tufts University and grew up in the D.C. area.

11 July

Tom Clarke

Vice President, Research and Technology
National Center for State Courts
Tom Clarke has served for the last twelve years as the Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts.Before that, Tom worked for ten years with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts first as the research manager and then as the CIO.As a national court consultant, Tom speaks frequently on topics relating to effective court practices and the redesign of court systems to solve business problems.Tom is currently working on litigant portals, case triage best practices for self-represented litigants, new non-lawyer roles, and access policies. He actively consults on a wide variety of court administration topics.

10 July

Nicole Cochran

JD, MPP Candidate
College of William and Mary
Nicole Cochran is a J.D. and M.P.P. candidate at William & Mary. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics summa cum lade at the University of Mary Washington in 2013. Nicole spent two years working for a client-centered microfinance institution operating in El Progreso, Honduras. While there, she designed two loan programs, managed the loan portfolio, and led the transition to a new management information system and loan disbursement protocol. As a graduate student at William & Mary she has interned with Open Development Cambodia, where she researched Cambodian land law and wrote content for the organization’s open data platform. Nicole has also worked as the Thomas Jefferson Fellow at the National Center for State Courts and is currently at the United States Institute of Peace in the Rule of Law, Justice, and Security sector.

10 July

Maureen Conner

Professor and Director
Judicial Administration Program and JERITT Project at Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice
Dr. Maureen E. Conner is a professor and director of the Judicial Administration Program and JERITT Project at Michigan State University (MSU) School of Criminal Justice.Dr. Conner joined MSU in 1991 where she was responsible for creating the foundational knowledge base for judicial branch education, which resulted in the publication of numerous monographs, multiple resource guides, and articles.She launched and continues to lead the Master of Science degree and two certificate programs in judicial administration where she teaches students from across the globe and publishes on the topic of judicial administration and leadership.Dr. Conner consults frequently with courts and other judicial branch organizations within the United States and across the Americas, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Conner holds a doctorate degree in sociology, a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.She is a recipient of the State Justice Institute Howell Heflin Award, the Justice Management Institute Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence, and the National Association of State Judicial Educators Karen Thorson Award.

10 July

Janet Cornell

Consultant
Janet G. Cornell is a consultant, presenter, and author with US and international experience. From 2002 to 2013 she was Court Administrator, Scottsdale-AZ City Court; from 1998 to 2002 she was IT Consultant, Maricopa County-Phoenix, AZ; and held prior administrative positions: Superior Court, Justice Courts, and US District Court. Expertise includes: leadership, governance, caseflow, reengineering, performance measurement. She contributed to the NACM Court Administrator Guide and Core Competencies.

Projects include: Arizona, Australia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Illinois, Kansas, Micronesia, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Palau, Serbia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Memberships include: National Association for Court Management, International Association for Court Administration. Education includes: Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts-Arizona State University; Graduate Fellow-Institute for Court Management; certificate-Leadership Institute for Judicial Education-University of Memphis; and certificate-Leader Coach Institute, AZ.

Hobbies include travel and driving race cars.

11 July

Renee Danser

Deputy Director
Self-Represented Litigant Network
Renee L. Danser, Esquire, is Deputy Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) where she oversees operations of the SRLN alongside the Executive Director, Katherine Alteneder. The SRLN connects lawyers, judges, and allied professionals who are creating innovative and evidence-based solutions so that self-represented litigants have meaningful access to the courts and get the legal help they need. Ms. Danser attained a Bachelor of Arts and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the Institute for Court
Management Fellows Program in May of 2013 where her project was awarded the Vice President’s Award of Merit for Applied Research. Ms. Danser began her career as a court manager when she chaired the multidisciplinary committee to unify the family court in Pittsburgh under the best practice principles of “One Judge/One Family”. Thereafter Ms. Danser began oversight of self-represented litigant services. Ms. Danser then went on to oversee all court operations as the Court Administrator for the 43rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania before beginning her work with the SRLN. Ms. Danser served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM) as the Membership Services Committee Chair. She continues to serve as NACM’s liaison to the SRLN and the American Bar Association (ABA). Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of Directors and chairs the Government Relations Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association and is appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee. Ms. Danser is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

10 July

Alfred Degrafinreid

Chief Deputy Clerk
Metropolitan Nashville Criminal Court Clerk's Office
Alfred Degrafinreid serves the Metropolitan Nashville Government in the capacity of Chief Deputy Clerk in the Criminal Court Clerk’s Office. His office is responsible for performing clerical duties for the operation of eleven General Session and six State Trial Criminal Courts.
Mr. Degrafinreid attained the Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Tennessee State University, and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney Law School.
Mr. Degrafinreid began his career in court management when appointed as Chief Administrative Officer by the Criminal Court Clerk in 2014. Prior to this appointment he served as Legal Counsel for U.S. Representative Jim Cooper, and has worked in local, state, and federal government having vast legislative experience.
Mr. Degrafinreid has been a member of the National Association for Court Management since January 2015. He serves on NACM’s Membership Committee and as Vice Chair of the Core Committee.

10 July

Tim Dibble

Vice President
Justice Management Institute
Tim Dibble is Vice President of The Justice Management Institute and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University (MSU). He builds on 23 years working in the justice community and has had extensive national and international experience with federal, state and local government.He has been a practitioner, educator and consultant to courts.He is currently leading a case management initiative for the Maryland courts, including the advancement of differentiated case management and education for the leadership and bench. Other current projects include work with the Seventh Judicial Circuit in South Dakota, and with the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans.Tim recently spent over four years working in the Abu Dhabi Judiciary on a system-wide case management project. He has taught numerous courses in judicial administration with Michigan State University in Abu Dhabi, Ukraine, and throughout the United States. He also recently completed a court consolidation study in Moldova.

11 July

Noel Doherty

Principal Officer
Directorate of Reform and Development, Irish Courts Service
Noel Doherty works in the Reform and Development Directorate of the Irish Courts Service where he works on legal and procedural reform in the courts system. He has been involved in a number of reform projects in recent years which included the provision of improved facilities for court users in courthouses.

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11 July

Laurie Dudgeon

Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
Director
As AOC director, Laurie K. Dudgeon administers the Judicial Branch budget, monitors legislation, and works with county, state and national officials on court-related issues. She’s responsible for providing administrative support to Kentucky’s 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. Laurie adapted the AOC’s organizational structure to meet the current needs of the courts and reduced costs to accommodate deep state budget cuts during the recession. She relocated the AOC from a leased facility to a modern building owned by the commonwealth. Under her leadership the AOC has made groundbreaking changes to its pretrial release process and helped implement penal code and juvenile justice reform. The AOC now offers eFiling and CourtNet 2.0 statewide through its KYeCourts project. Her national involvement includes serving on the board of the Conference of State Court Administrators and as co-chair of the National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices for the Conference of Chief Justices and COSCA. She is an alumna of the Toll Fellowship Program. Laurie previously practiced law in Kentucky and South Carolina. She was also executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and a staff attorney in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. She has a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Kentucky.

10 July

Kevin Eide

Judge
Carver County
Judge Kevin W. Eide was appointed to the First District bench in January, 2001 and is one of four judges chambered in Carver County. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Eide worked for a private law firm in Eagan, Dakota County, focusing on trial work including criminal prosecution, criminal defense and civil litigation. Judge Eide has taught at several continuing education courses for attorneys and the judiciary. He has worked extensively with Minnesota State Court Administration, previously chairing the Juvenile Protection Rules Committee and currently chairing the Court Operations Advisory Workgroup.

10 July

Harold Epineuse

Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice
Harold Epineuse is a French national and justice sector reform specialist with an experience of fifteen years working for a variety of countries and organizations. His recent work includes justice sector assessments and implementation of court reforms for the World Bank as in-house counsel, and as a senior expert for the Council of Europe and European Commission projects. Besides his international consultant activity, he is now working part time as special advisor to the director of court services department in the French Ministry of Justice, and continues to lead international research initiatives as program director of the Institut des hautes études sur la justice (the institute for advanced judicial studies) in Paris. Author of the recent "Guidelines on how to manage change towards Cyberjustice" adopted and published by the European Commission for the Efficiency of the Judiciary (CEPEJ), he has been appointed for several years now as fellow of the Cyberjustice Laboratory at University of Montreal, Canada, and European local correspondent of the Court of the Future Network of Sydney, Australia.

10 July

Amgad Fayad

Judiciary Engineering & Modernization Center (JEMC) Chief Cybersecurity Engineer
Mitre
Amgad Fayad is the Judiciary Engineering & Modernization Center (JEMC) Chief Cybersecurity Engineer. In this role, Amgad provides technical and strategic advice to Judiciary executives towards the goal of understanding and managing mission risk and harmonizing cybersecurity efforts across the Judiciary. Amgad has over 30 years of experience in information technology. His experience includes computer security research, web application vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, software architecture and design, and developing secure distributed software applications. Amgad served as an adjunct faculty member in the Information Systems and Software Engineering (ISSE) department at George Mason University, where he taught core curriculum courses.

11 July

Thomas Figmik

Chief Deputy, U.S. Marshal
US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Thomas Figmik assumed the position of Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Middle District of Florida, in August, 2007. Prior to this position, Chief Figmik served as the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Northern District of California and District of New Mexico. He also was appointed by the United States Attorney General to be the Acting United States Marshal in the District of New Mexico and the Southern District of Mississippi. Chief Figmik has held the positions of Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, Inspector, Instructor and Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal. He has served in 6 U.S. Marshals Service Districts and 2 U.S. Marshal Service Headquarters’ Divisions. He graduated from Deputy U.S. Marshal Basic Training in 1986. Chief Figmik began his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1982 and later worked with Miami-Dade Police Department. Chief Figmik holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

11 July

Robert Fisch

Senior Vice President
CGL Companies
Mr. Fisch is an architectural planner with a 28-year career focus on the planning and design of courthouses. He is a recognized leader in developing best practices with extensive experience throughout North America, and is a frequent speaker at NACM, AIA and other conferences on the topic of courthouse design.

11 July

Shaun Floerke

District Court Judge
6th Judicial District of Minnesota
Judge Floerke is a district court judge of the 6th Judicial District of Minnesota, chambered in Duluth.He was appointed to the bench July 2004. Before taking the bench he served as a lead prosecutor, litigation attorney in a private law firm, and as a senior attorney in government civil litigation. Judge Floerke founded and presides over the South St. Louis County DWI Court, one of four National Center for DWI Courts Academy Courts in the nation. He serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Treatment Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota. He trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence issues nationally with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and also with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP). He is a faculty member and trainer for the National Center for DWI Courts. He was awarded a judicial leadership award by Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011 and again in 2017 for his work to effectively address impaired driving.
Judge Floerke is husband to Sara and father to five children who are not impressed by what he does for a living, but are much more interested in who he is and whether he is present.

12 July

Danielle Fox

Research and Performance
Montgomery County Circuit Court
Danielle Fox has the position of Coordinator, Research and Performance at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, which is located in Maryland.She assists in the implementation of court-wide initiatives and is responsible for informing the research agenda for the court.Dr. Fox performs a variety of analyses related to workload and caseload trends, annual budget submissions and scheduling/case management practices.She also informs the development of applications to support data usage among court personnel.Dr. Fox received her doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park.

11 July

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Mayor
Gary, Indiana
On December 31, 2011, Karen Freeman-Wilson became the first woman to lead the steel city of Gary, Indiana and the first African-American female Mayor in Indiana.

Despite her breadth of experience throughout the United States, Freeman-Wilson’s loyalty and commitment to her hometown has never wavered. Indeed, her compassion for people, coupled with her experience and training, have positioned her for leadership and prepared her to tackle the major challenges facing the city. She previously served as the CEO of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of The National Drug Court Institute based in Alexandria, VA. With Freeman-Wilson at the helm, the number of drug courts in the U.S. doubled and NADCP became the premier organizational advocate for drug treatment in the judicial arena. Freeman-Wilson has consulted with the Office of White House Drug Control Policy, the Department of Justice and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the creation and implementation of drug policy. As the twice-elected Gary City Judge, she helped pioneer the drug court movement in Indiana.

Freeman-Wilson has also demonstrated public service and leadership in state government. During her tenure as Indiana Attorney General, Freeman-Wilson fought passionately on behalf of youth, seniors and abused nursing home patients. She was one of the first Attorney Generals in the country to combat gas price gouging and to ensure that tobacco settlement dollars were directed towards smoking cessation and health care. While she was the Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana was one of the first states in the U.S. to pass legislation comparable to the American with Disabilities Act. Her accomplishments and track record of success have resulted in awards from local, state and national organizations.
Freeman-Wilson serves on the National League of Cities’ Board Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Presidential Task Force and the REAL (Race Equity and Leadership) Council. She previously chaired NLC’s Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. Freeman-Wilson also chairs the Crime and Social Justice Committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors/Police Chiefs Working Group on Police Community Relations and is also a member of the USCM Advisory Board.

Along with her husband, Carmen Wilson, and their daughter Jordan, Freeman-Wilson resides in the historic Horace Mann neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Roosevelt High School and went on to graduate from Harvard College (cum laude) and from Harvard Law School.
When asked about her commitment to her hometown, Freeman-Wilson often acknowledges that Gary has a history of many obstacles, but quickly notes that the city’s challenges pale in comparison to its potential. “Our city is a diamond in the rough and we simply need the right leadership.”

11 July

Emily Gold LaGratta

Director, Procedural Justice Initiatives
Court Innovation
Emily LaGratta is the director of procedural justice initiatives and deputy director of training and technical assistance. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions and develops practitioner resources on a variety of topics and leads the Center's technical assistance efforts on the topic of procedural justice. She provides and coordinates training, site assessments, and site-based implementation efforts for jurisdictions interested in improving litigant perceptions of fairness. She also helps oversee the Problem-Solving Justice Initiative and its Community Court Grant Program in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the technical assistance team, she was on the planning team for several New York-based initiatives, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. She is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

10 July

John Greacen

Principal
Greacen Associates, LLC
Currently a principal of Greacen Associates, LLC, Mr. Greacen wrote the seminal article on the difference between legal information and legal advice for court staff in 1995 and continues to publish regularly on the topic.He has evaluated programs to assist self-represented litigants in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Virginia.He was consultant to the Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska and Utah judicial branch committees developing strategic plans for providing assistance to self-represented litigants. He has done research on communications in court hearings involving two self-represented litigants.He was editor of the California Benchbook on Self-Represented Litigants and author of the benchbook chapter on judicial ethics.He has made educational presentations on dealing with self-represented litigants in many states and in Canada.He was responsible for planning, facilitating, and drafting the final report for the 2012 Legal Services Corporation-sponsored Summit on the Use of Technology to Enhance Access to Justice, which recommended the creation of statewide triaging portals to achieve the goal of providing every person with a civil legal problem with some form of effective assistance to address the problem.Mr. Greacen received the National Association for Court Management Award of Merit in 1999 for his contributions to the profession of court administration, including his research and technical assistance on caseflow management, electronic filing and other technology applications in the courts, performance measurement, and leadership development.Mr. Greacen is Project Consultant to the Self-Represented Litigation Network. He is the principal consultant for the Network’s State Justice Institute-funded study of remote delivery of services to self-represented litigants and state rules, statutes and policies relating to remote appearances (by telephone and videoconference) by parties, lawyers, and witnesses. He has been a member of the expert working group developing materials for the Justice for All Project funded by the Public Welfare Foundation to support strategic planning to accomplish the 100% objective of the 2015 CCJ/COSCA resolution in multiple states. He is the consultant to the Pew Charitable Trust to help develop a proposal for the Trust’s Board to enter the Access to Justice arena.

10 July

Frank Greene

Principal
CGL Ricci Greene Associates
Frank J. Greene, FAIA, Principal of CGL Ricci Greene Associates, is an internationally recognized expert in courts planning and design.He is past chair of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ), a founding member of the Sustainable Justice initiative of the AIA/AAJ, and is a frequent speaker and writer on justice work.As lead designer and collaborator his buildings have received many design awards.He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Architecture and Planning, and continued his studies at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

10 July

Kathryn Griffin

Court Administrator
St. Joseph County Circuit/Probate Court
Kathryn Griffin is the Court Administrator for the Circuit and Probate Courts in St. Joseph County, Michigan. She has been Circuit Court Administrator since 2005 and added the role of Probate Court Administrator in 2013. Prior to becoming Administrator she was employed as the Circuit Court Judicial Assistant beginning in 1997. She is responsible for maintaining judges trial docket, caseflow management, reporting requirements to the State Administrative Office as well as all human resources for the courts.
Ms. Griffin is the current president of the Michigan Association of Circuit Court Administrators and has held that position since January 1, 2011. Prior to becoming president of the association, she was vice president from 2009-2011.
Ms. Griffin attended Kellogg Community College and Glen Oaks Community College. She is a graduate of the National Center For State Courts Court Manager Program. She graduated from the Michigan State Judicial Administration Program in 2013. She currently serves as chair of NACM's Core Committee and vice chair of the Communications Committee. She also serves on the State Association Committee, Conference Development Committee, and Membership Committee.

10 July

Margaret Hagan

Lecturer
Legal Design Lab
Margaret Hagan directs the Legal Design Lab (http://legaltechdesign.com), an R&D lab for more accessible, intuitive, and engaging legal services at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. She is a lecturer at the Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school), and a lawyer with a JD from Stanford. Her blog on legal innovation is http://openlawlab.com.

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Dan Hall

Vice President, Court Consulting Services
National Center for State Courts
DANIEL J. HALL is Vice President of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Court Consulting Services Division in Denver, Colorado.He has provided consulting serices to all 50 US States and 4 US territories.He has worked internationally in 20 countries including in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Spain and Singapore.He directed the development of CourTools (2005) and guided the revision of the Conference of Chief Justices’/Conference of State Court Administrators’/American Bar Association’s Trial Court Model Time Standards (2011). He is founding member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence (ICCE) that produces the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE).He serves on the Consortium’s Executive Committee.He has served as an adjunct professor at Denver University College of Law.He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Nathan Hall

Architect and Senior Court Security Consultant
National Center for State Courts
Nathan Hall is a registered Architect and Senior Court Security Consultant for the National Center for State Courts. Since joining the National Center in 2008, he has been involved in over 150 court facility and security projects for state and local courts across the nation.His expertise includes court security assessment, facility planning and design, and court technology planning. Mr. Hall is the staff liaison to the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA) and is the primary editor of the 2016 Steps to Best Practices for Court Building Security published by the NCSC.Mr. Hall provides training to court and security professionals regarding court security design and has published multiple articles about courthouse planning and design appearing in Courts Today and in the NCSC Future Trends series.

12 July

Linn Hammergren

Judicial Performance Expert
World Bank
Linn Hammergren (PhD Wisconsin-Madison) is an independent consultant specializing in rule of law, anti-corruption, and general governance issues.Until 2008, she was a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist in the World Bank, and before that she spent twelve years managing Administration of Justice Projects for USAID.Her publications include Justice Reform and Development: Rethinking Donor Assistance in Developing and Transitional Countries (Routledge, 2014); Envisioning Judicial Reform:Improving Court Performance in Latin America (Penn 2007); The Politics of Justice and Justice Reform in Latin American:Peru in Comparative Perspective (Westview, 1997);a series of studies for the World Bank on “users and uses of justice” in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and Ethiopia; and a monograph on judicial councils published by the Carnegie Endowment (2002).

12 July

Joseph Hamm

Professor
Michigan State University
Joseph A. Hamm is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice (primary) and Environmental Science and Policy Program. His work focuses on the development of a cross-boundary social science of trust, especially in the context of the relationship between the public and governmental institutions. Joe’s research has been conducted in contexts like policing, the state courts, natural resource regulation, environmental contamination, and municipal government. Broadly, this work seeks to integrate and refine discipline- and context-specific insights regarding conceptualizing, operationalizing, and modeling trust to best leverage the construct to protect and improve relationships between government and the governed.

11 July

Paula Hannaford-Agor

Director of the Center for Juries Studies
National Center for State Courts
Paula L. Hannaford-Agor, the Director of the Center for Juries Studies, joined the Research Division of the National Center in May 1993.In this capacity, she regularly conducts research and provides technical assistance and education to courts and court personnel on the topics of jury system management and trial procedure; civil litigation; and complex and mass tort litigation.

Specific research efforts include:
  • A pilot test of jury instructions intended to reduce the impact of implicit bias on juror decision-making;
  • Development of a judicial curriculum on preventing and addressing Internet-related juror misconduct;
  • A series of case studies of summary jury trial programs in six jurisdictions;
  • A pilot study of juror and jury use of new media;
  • A study of juror utilization in the Superior Courts of California;  Development of the Jury Managers’ Toolbox, an online diagnostic tool to help court administrators, administrative judges, and jury managers evaluate the effectiveness of their jury operations;
  • A national survey of judges, lawyers, and jury managers on existing jury improvement efforts;
  • A national study of civil bench and jury trials in 46 large, urban courts in 2001;
  • A multi-site examination of the frequency and causes of hung juries in felony cases;
  • An analysis of judicial removal of jurors for cause and attorney use of peremptory challenges in the Superior Courts of California;
  • A compilation of innovations in jury management technology; and
  • An evaluation of the impact of Arizona Civil Rule 39(f) permitting jurors in civil cases to discuss the evidence among themselves.

She has authored or contributed to numerous books and articles on the American jury including Jury Trial Innovations (2d ed. 2006), The Promise and Challenges of Jury System Technology (NCSC 2003), and Managing Notorious Trials (1998).She is faculty for the ICM courses Jury System Management and Promise and Challenges of Jury System Technology.As adjunct faculty at William & Mary Law School, she teaches a seminar on the American jury.

Ms. Hannaford-Agor received the 2001 NCSC Staff Award for Excellence. In 1995, she received her law degree from William & Mary Law School and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy of the College of William and Mary.

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