2019 Midyear Conference Highlights

2019 Midyear Conference Highlights


NACM's Midyear Conference was recently held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference theme, Advancing Today's Courts to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow showcased a number of exceptional educational programs while offering networking opportunities for our national and international guests. Whether you couldn’t attend this year's conference or you want to see it all again, NACM is happy to share it all in our Midyear Conference Highlights!

Click Don't Clash: Navigating the Future of Work with One Common Language

Presenter: Suzanne Vickberg

What makes two people click or clash? Why do some teams excel while others fumble? How can we accelerate productive business relationships in a virtual and digital workplace? Whether your goal is to become a more effective leader, raise your level of performance, or enhance personal engagement, Business Chemistry can help you create a work environment where all types of people can thrive, despite conflicting perspectives and needs. NACM attendees will learn to better understand different working styles, improve interactions, increase collaboration and communicate more effectively.

From Crisis to Real World Solutions: State Courts Respond to the National Opioid Epidemic

Presenter: Deborah Taylor Tate

The opioid epidemic is hitting our courtrooms and communities hard. Access to treatment is critical but often non-existent. Deaths and suicides continue to rise. Babies are born with NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) and removed to an overwhelmed child welfare system. This session will provide an overview of the work of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force including their just launched extensive online resource center which houses practical tools, bench cards, webinars, expert videos, and other educational resources for the entire court system. Learn what you can do as a Court Administrator to save lives.

Rigorous Evaluation in the Law: Never!...But Wait, Maybe So!

Presenter: Renee Danser

An introduction to a rigorous evaluation in the law focusing on the randomized control trial (“RCT”). The audience conducts a real RCT so be ready to fully immerse into evaluation and emerge equipped to bring the concept home to your court.

Procedural Fairness Through the Eyes of a Secret Shopper

Presenters: Judge Brett Buckley, Jennifer Creighton, and Robyn Mazur

Everyone understands the importance of procedural fairness. How do you know your court is practicing procedural justice? This session will discuss why our court engaged "secret shoppers" to visit the court to report on all aspects of procedural justice and how you can implement a similar program at your court.

Extending the Core to Your Court: Accountability and Court Performance

Presenter: Stephanie Hess

The Accountability and Court Performance curriculum introduces attendees to tools that assist court leaders to move from performance measurement to managing performance based on those measurements. The course focuses on achieving competency in analytical skills to organize, collect, and analyze data; management skills focused on applying the knowledge gained from the data with the goal to improve the performance of operations; and communication skills to convey information about performance. This session aligns well with the conference theme and prepares court leaders for the challenges of tomorrow.

If Walls Could Talk: Can Good Signs Help Build Public Trust?

Presenters: Arlethia Howard and Emily LaGratta

Successful courts know that how staff communicate with the public is key. But what messages do courthouse walls send through signage and other environmental factors? Do they convey professionalism and respect? This session will explore examples from a signage project in Manhattan and other real-world efforts to build public trust.

New Opportunities for the Extraction and Redaction of Data

Presenters: Jennifer Bailey and Jannet Lewis (Representing the Joint Technology Committee, est. by COSCA, NACM and NCSC)

Hidden Treasure: learn how the rise of machine learning and other AI tools create possibilities for review, collection and processing of data in digital files at a speed and with pattern recognition beyond human capacity. These tools can support a host of judicial processes and help eliminate blind spots to spy problems early enough to respond with agility. Let’s discuss current uses for this technology and also create a treasure map about what the courts might find by using these resources in new and imaginative ways.

The Power of One

Presenter: Sybil Jordan Hampton

In September 1959, I was the youngest of five African American students admitted to Little Rock Central High School as it reopened after being closed for the 1958-1959 school year. During my three years at LRCHS I was shunned. No one in my homeroom ever greeted me or positively acknowledged my presence. No more than three students in my classes ever talked with or acknowledged me. Twenty years after graduating, one classmate who had never spoken to me made certain that I was included on the class of 1962 reunion mailing list. He had dinner with me and my parents when no other classmates wanted to join us. Yet, as the evening went on, a surprising number of classmates came over to talk with me for the first time. I learned that one person can be a powerful agent for change. Leaders, managers, and citizens need intestinal fortitude if they are to bear witness to the power of one. It takes courage to stand alone and do the right thing.

Core Values, Narratives and Leadership

Presenter: Mike Hemphill

Authentic leadership is driven by our core values. In this session, we’ll play with the ways in which our personal narrative, and the narratives of others, can help clarify and strengthen.

Data Driven Decision Making

Presenters: Kim Nieves and Diane Robinson

Data driven decision making relies on accurate and reliable data. Data visualization can be used to help courts understand the data they are collecting and also to improve the accuracy and reliability of case management data. Learn how to improve your data and use data to improve court performance.

4 Key Ways to Prepare Your Court for Online Dispute Resolution

Presenters: Jamie Gillepsie

Successful Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) projects are driven by four critical planning factors – case types, awareness, stakeholders, and success indicators. In this session you’ll hear from the leader in ODR technology how to effectively navigate these key areas, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to determine case types and the best configurations for your court’s rules. Explore methods for defining stakeholder engagement and garnering support. Discover how to identify what success looks like for your court, and how to get there.

Living Our Best Lives - Innovative Solutions for Success

Presenters: Matt Knight

As the conference theme implies many challenges are ahead for the court professional. Research from multi disciplines of psychology has identified 5 practices that keep us at our best….offering amazing outcomes for ourselves, our families, our work. You will need a funny bone and Kleenex for this presentation.
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