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What Generation X and Millennials are Saying About the Workplace: Three Perspectives
The Pew Research Center estimates that right now there are more Millennials than Baby Boomers in America. By 2030 Millennials and Gen Zs will make up 75% of the workforce. A Gallup Poll found that 21% of Millennials had changed jobs within the last year, that’s three times more than other generations.  On top of this demographic shift, technological innovation is increasing exponentially. The American workforce is racing toward a major generational transformation within the next ten years. Will the emerging generations demand new ways of doing business and managing employees? How will the generations impact the courts? What can court administrators do today to prepare for this sea change? Tina Mattison, Stacy Worby, and Paulina Pasquarelli talk about the up-and-coming generations as they flex their social and economic muscle. What it mean to management and the workplace. This is a compelling podcast episode for listeners interested in generational differences, managing the generations, courts, and court administration. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org. About the Guest Speakers Tina Mattison is the Deputy Court Administrator for the Pima County Juvenile Court.  In her position, Ms. Mattison oversees Juvenile Probation, Detention, Court, Children and Family Services, Facilities and Security, as well as the budget of $22 million.  Pima County Juvenile court is a general jurisdiction court located in Arizona, with over 400 multi-generational employees.  Previously, she worked for the California court system in Riverside and Orange County.  Ms. Mattison has been a member of the National Association for Court Management since 1998. Stacy Worby serves as the State Jury Coordinator for the Alaska Court System. In that capacity she is responsible for the coordination and operation of the centralized processes for the court’s jury management systems. Additionally, she provides jury procedure training and guidance for personnel in 40 court locations statewide. Prior to serving as the State Jury Coordinator, she managed a staff of jury clerks in Anchorage (the state’s largest general jurisdiction court). Stacy has enjoyed managing staff of all generations since 1998. Paulina Pasquarelli has served the 15thJudicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, FL since 2015. In her current role as the Mental Health Case Manager, she is responsible for the operations of the Circuit’s Mental Health Specialty Division which focuses on the issue of competency to proceed in felony cases. Ms. Pasquarelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Palm Beach Atlantic University. In addition, Ms. Pasquarelli serves as a member on NACM’s Membership Committee and Early Career Professionals (ECP) Subcommittee. She hopes she can encourage fellow millennials to view judicial administration as a career instead of a job.
21:50
October 14, 2019
Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?
Shooting incidents are becoming a scourge on the American landscape and courthouses are certainly not immune. An incident can last only seconds but the trauma to court staff and the unsuspecting public can live on and on. If a calamity occurs, we face the triple challenge: emergency decisions and communications, dealing with law enforcement and a crime scene, and maintaining or reestablishing ongoing operations. What can your staff and your court do to prepare? What do we keep in mind if it happens? What can we learn from professionals who have dealt with these issues in real time? Patricia Norwood-Foden, Lt. Adam Sibley, Lance Wilson, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Addison Friedman talk about working through tragedy and restoring a degree of normalcy. This is an intriguing episode for listeners interested in emergencies, active shooter situations, courthouse security, and court administration. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org. Guest Speakers Patricia Norwood-Foden has been the District Court Administrator for the 15th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Chester County, since 2009.  Prior to her current position, she was the Minor Judiciary Administrator and has worked in the judiciary system since 1991.  Ms. Norwood-Foden is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, earned a paralegal certification from Penn State University and successfully completed the judicial administration certification program offered by Michigan State University.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Legal Studies degree from West Virginia University.  Lance Wilson retired in 2017 after a 35 year career in court administration.  Lance was District Court Executive/Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (1995-2017).  Previously he was Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1991-1995) and as a Chief Deputy/Deputy in Charge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona(1987-1991).  Lance started his career in judicial administration with the Maricopa Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona.   Lance holds a Master of Science Degree in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Minor in Fine Arts, from Alvernia College.    Lieutenant Adam Sibley served in law enforcement since 2008, and is currently employed with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office in Pennsylvania.  Throughout the past ten years, Adam has been involved with the Sheriff’s Office Judicial Security Unit and Protective Intelligence Unit responsible for anticipating, deterring, and investigating threats of violence against court staff and other participants within the Chester County court system.   Addison Friedman started with the U.S. Marshals Service in January of 2011. His first duty assignment was in D.C. Superior Court located in Washington, D.C. Deputy Friedman spent three and half years in D.C. before returning back home to Charlotte, NC in March 2015. He is now assigned to the Western District of North Carolina-Charlotte office. Deputy Friedman has held numerous collateral duties to include Use of Force Instructor, Training Coordinator, and COOP Manager.  Since April 2017, Deputy Friedman has been assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In October 2018, Deputy Friedman coordinated a full scale active shooter exercise at the Charlotte Federal Courthouse, which included all Judges, Clerks, U.S. Marshals, Local Law Enforcement, Fire Department, EMS, and the local hospital.
47:02
September 16, 2019
The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials
From O.J. Simpson, to Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony, we have become used to the media targeting trials and turning them into spectacles. Many in the public see them as entertainment; often they become a lightning rod for political controversy. All the while jurors must be protected and citizens must be able to conduct their regular business with the court. These challenges can prove an enormous test for a typical trial court. When do you know a trial will turn into a media event? What can your court do to prepare? Michelle Kennedy and Karen Levey share their experiences dealing with high profile trials in their courts.  This is an intriguing episode for listeners interested in high profile trials, media relations, jury security, and court administration. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.  About the Guest Speakers Karen Connolly Levey Chief Deputy Court Administrator has been with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 28 years. Ms. Levey is responsible for all Due Process Services, including Jury Services, Court Reporting, Court Interpreting, and Problem Solving Courts. Ms. Levey also serves as the Circuit-wide representative for Security issues. She is responsible for the Circuit’s comprehensive public information, media relations and civic outreach efforts. She serves as official court spokesperson.  Ms. Levey is responsible for managing the Court’s social media sites, providing professional support for legislative issues, handling public record requests and handling the Court’s strategic planning efforts. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Political Science both from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to work for the Circuit, she worked for a Federal Congressman, worked as a Regional Planner and as an Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As public information officer for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Michelle Kennedy is responsible for handling the logistics and administrative issues related to high profile trials. In preparation for State vs. Zimmerman, she met with media representatives and law enforcement officials for months prior to the trial to develop strategies to accommodate the needs of an international press corps and ensure a safe and efficient process for all involved.   Michelle’s duties also include supervising the probate and guardianship division and managing many of the due process services provided by the courts. She has been with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit since June of 2000. Prior to that, she served in community relations positions at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and various non-profit agencies.  Michelle currently serves as President of the Florida Court Public Information Officers Association. She is a graduate of Florida State University where she majored in Communications and Political Science. Would You Like to Learn More? National Center for State Courts - Managing High Profile Cases for the 21st Century www.NCSC.ORG/HPC Conference of Court Public Information Officers - Association for Court Communicators www.CCPIO.org
39:34
August 9, 2019
Held for Ransom: How Safe is Your Data?
Ransomware attacks are running rampant throughout the nation. Atlanta, Georgia; Lake City, Florida; Albany, New York; and Del Rio, Texas have all been victims. Most recently the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts was attacked. Local agencies can be crippled for weeks with no data, no internet, no email, and no way to conduct business.  Is your court prepared? Can you stop it? How would you even know? Rashida Davis and Stephen Nevels recount their experiences battling attacks on their courts.  This is a fascinating episode for listeners interested in cybersecurity, ransomware such as Ryuk and Sam Sam, court technology, and court administration. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.  About the Guests Rashida A. Davis serves as the Court Administrator/ Chief Clerk for the Municipal Court of Atlanta. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. Ms. Davis graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law Cum Laude.  Prior to serving in her role as Court Administrator, Ms. Davis served as a Municipal Court of Atlanta Deputy Chief Administrator for two years. She played an instrumental role in developing the annual budget, evaluating technology service development projects, and the creation of standard operating protocols. She also served on strategic planning teams such as the Ransomware Attack Recovery team and the Municipal Court of Atlanta Improvement Task Force. Ms. Davis is a licensed attorney with the State of Georgia. Her legal background primarily  focused on litigation and criminal defense.  As Court Administrator, Ms. Davis is responsible for managing a broad range of policy, intergovernmental relations, and operational functions performed by the Municipal Court of Atlanta. Outside of work, Ms. Davis enjoys volunteerism, international travel and quality time with her family.    Stephen M. Nevels is the Trial Court Administrator for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit consisting of Jackson, Barrow, and Banks Counties, Georgia. Prior to that he was the Judicial Court Administrator for the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, the largest Court of Appeals in Florida. Before that Stephen was Director of Administration for the Georgia Capital Defender’s Office, Director for Georgia’s Conflicts Program, Assistant Director for Judicial Liaison for Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, District Court Administrator and Deputy Superior Court Administrator for the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, and Senior Court Analyst/Court Consultant for the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator. Stephen received his Master of Public Administration degree from the California State University in Turlock, California, his Bachelor’s in Pre-Law Political Science from the University of Georgia, and his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Georgia. Do You Want to Know More? News article on the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts ransomware News article on the Baltimore, Maryland ransomware attack News article on the Lake City, Florida ransomware attack News article on the Del Rio, Texas ransomware attack
29:22
July 15, 2019
Is AI Already Here? The Answers May Startle You
You may not be aware, but artificial intelligence (AI) has already established itself in our daily lives. From Amazon to Alexa, sophisticated algorithms affect much of what we do. The next ten years will see advancements in electronic decision-making, facial recognition, language translation, and voice-to-text. Are you willing to accept the cost in loss of privacy due to AI’s insatiable thirst for data for the benefit in added productivity? What will be the new careers in AI world? Abhijeet Chavan and IV Ashton walk us through some of the inner workings of AI, some expectations in areas like Natural Language Processing, and give us advice on how to prepare for the future of this technology.  This is a fascinating episode for listeners interested in court technology, Natural Language Processing, algorithms, individual privacy, language translation, and emerging technologies. There is a link to a short segment of the book Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb, in the Show Notes section on our website.  https://nacmnet.org/podcasts Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org. 
36:56
June 24, 2019
Blockchain: Is It Your Court's Future?
“. . . we’ve been thinking a lot about the explosion of digital evidence. . . terabytes of audio-video footage from body-worn cameras, web cameras at every corner, video recordings from everyone’s smartphone devices . . . Blockchain holds a lot of promise for managing all that.” Blockchain is a tool that could change the way organizations handle money. Its built-in safeguards prevent electronic hacking. Beyond accounting, it could secure the authenticity of court documents and even identities. But are we willing to pay the price for all security? Paul Embley and Di Graski explore the opportunities to courts and the limits of this emerging technology. Di and Paul’s paper, “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” is narrated available as a bonus episode. The display version is available in the Show Notes section on our website. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.  About the Guests Di Graski is grateful to be celebrating her eleventh anniversary with the National Center for State Courts’ Technology team. She is an attorney licensed in Colorado, a certified Project Management Professional, and a member of the IJIS Institute’s Blockchain Working Group. At NACM’s Annual Conference in July 2019, Di will participate in the panel discussion “Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science.” Paul Embley is the CIO and Technology Division Director at the National Center for State Courts. He began his career in Silicon Valley working for the “who’s who” of high tech (along with the “who’s no longer”). After 25 years in the for-profit sector, Paul shifted to public sector work on integrated justice.
26:55
May 14, 2019
Bonus Episode: When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court
“. . . [Blockchain records] could soon be used in a variety of innovative ways to resolve court record keeping challenges. At the same time, Blockchain presents new legal issues that courts must be prepared to address.” This is an audio recitation of a paper written by Di Graski and Paul Embley titled “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” The paper appeared in the 2018 edition of Trends in State Courts published by the National Center for State Courts.  This episode will appeal to listeners interested in trial courts, court administration, emerging technologies, digital security, and accounting and finance, and emergency response plans. A link to a display version of Di and Paul’s paper, “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” is in the Show Notes section on our website. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.  About the Guests Di Graski is grateful to be celebrating her eleventh anniversary with the National Center for State Courts’ Technology team.  She is an attorney licensed in Colorado, a certified Project Management Professional, and a member of the IJIS Institute’s Blockchain Working Group.  At NACM’s Annual Conference in July 2019, Di will participate in the panel discussion “Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science.” Paul Embley is the CIO and Technology Division Director at the National Center for State Courts. He began his career in Silicon Valley working for the “who’s who” of high tech (along with the “who’s no longer”). After 25 years in the for-profit sector, Paul shifted to public  
15:34
May 14, 2019
Alaska’s Earthquake: Its Surprising Lessons
  Show Notes On November 30, 2018, Anchorage, Alaska, suffered a magnitude 7.1 earthquake followed by thousands of aftershocks.  The quake was larger than the infamous 1989 Loma Prieta, California event.  How did the Alaska Court System’s emergency response plans hold up? What can we learn from Alaska’s experience and its preparations?  Christine Johnson and Alyce Roberts share their experiences and their insights having dealt firsthand with this powerful force of nature.    When we think of earthquakes, we think of California however Alaska’s quake was larger than the infamous 1989 Loma Prieta event (a.k.a. the World Series Quake) which burned a large portion of San Francisco’s marina district. Alaskans still remember the 1964 Good Friday quake: the most powerful earthquake ever to hit North America. This is a thought-provoking episode for listeners interested in trial courts, court administration, disaster recovery, continuity of operations plans (COOP), and emergency response plans. To see a video of the actual quake in one of Alaska’s courtroom access the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjvpk2Fe6UQ.   Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.  About the Presenters Christine Johnson has been the Administrative Director of the Alaska Court System since 2009. A life-long Alaskan, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan Law School. She and her family lived in Anchorage during the 1964 earthquake.      Alyce Roberts is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Alaska Court System.  As a member of the court’s senior staff, she is the AOC’s primary liaison with the clerks of court.  In this capacity, she develops the annual statewide clerks of court conference program, facilitating the sessions and serving as a presenter. Alyce regularly works with court colleagues and justice partners to propose revisions to court rules and develop statewide clerical procedures.  She serves on the Alaska Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Advisory Committee.  She has worked for the Alaska Court System since 1989, holding a number of positions including clerk of court in Anchorage (the state’s largest general jurisdiction court). She serves on the National Association for Court Management’s (NACM) Board of Directors, chairs NACM’s Communication Committee, and she is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (2010). 
35:50
April 15, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know Now
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has already brought us general business tools that courts can use to assist in automating work, analyzing documents, and conducting legal analysis. As a start, courts will need to put their information into an electronic format that can be used by A.I. tools. They will also need to re-engineer their business practices. Small courts will have to be assertive in making their needs known. But, exactly how will A.I. tools help courts and what will we, as citizens, give up in privacy in order to maximize A.I.’s potential? Alan Carlson along with co-host Rick Pierce discuss how A.I. will be used in the courts and how soon it will be here.  About the Presenter Alan Carlson retired at the end of 2016 after working 40 years in state trial courts. He was the CEO (court administrator, clerk of court, and jury commissioner) of the Orange County (CA) Superior Court, the CEO in San Francisco Superior Court, the Executive Officer of the Monterey Superior Court, and the Assistant Executive officer of the Alameda County Superior Court. Mr. Carlson also was president of JMI, Director of Court Services at the CA AOC, and a Staff Attorney at NCSC. Mr. Carlson received a Distinguished Service Award from the California Judicial Council in 2016, the NACM Award of Merit in 2012, and the ABA Robert B. Yegge Award in 2010. He was inducted as a member of the NCSC’s Warren Burger Society in 2012. He received a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a BS in engineering from University of California at Berkeley. About the Co-Host Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, has served in the field of court administration for the past thirty years. Prior to his appointment at the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Pierce was the district court administrator for the 9th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Cumberland County. As judicial programs administrator, he is responsible for implementation of programs and education in court administration at the general and limited jurisdiction court levels. Pierce was elected to the National Association for Court Management Board of Directors in July of 2017 and currently serves as a director and vice chair of the Governance Committee of NACM. Pierce served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management from 2005-2006.He also served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management in 2000-2001. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Pierce received his Master’s in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1995.
23:00
March 19, 2019
What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us
Last September, Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina's families, communities, and its trial courts.  Court administrators Ellen Hancox and Caitlin Emmons tell how they made it through the storm, cared for their families, and managed to keep their courts afloat.  What lessons can we take away from their experience? To cope, people had to come up with “contingency plans for their contingency plans” in order to deal with a storm that upended lives and work. Ellen and Caitlin talk about how their courts and their families endured, including judges who had not fully recovered from the previous hurricane (Matthew). They also describe their efforts at disaster recovery, their emergency plans, and their continuity of operations plans (COOP) during the crisis. Finally, they relate how they overcame unforeseen logistical and legal hurdles. Leave a comment or question about the podcast at clapodcast@nacmnet.org. You can see addition information in the Show Notes section at nacmnet.org/podcasts. About the Presenters  Ellen Hancox has served as the Trial Court Administrator for Cumberland County, N. C. since 2002. She attended the University of Mary Washington and Campbell University School of Law. Before joining the court system, she was in private practice, and her practice was devoted to civil litigation. She is involved in the Cumberland County Bar Association, having served as President. She has served on various committees and boards with the North Carolina Bar Association. Caitlin Emmons graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2015. She was a fellow at the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice  from 2016-2017. In 2017, Caitlin relocated to North Carolina with her husband who is on active duty serving as a United States Marine. She worked as the Judicial Assistant for Onslow County from September 2017 until January 2019. She is now the Trial Court  Coordinator for Judicial District 4, which includes Onslow, Sampson, Duplin, and Jones counties.   
37:48
March 19, 2019
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