Conference Call for Proposals and Call for Articles

Washington, D.C. • July 9-13, 2017


The National Association for Court Management and the International Association for Court Administration are holding a joint conference in Washington, D.C. on July 9-13, 2017.  The theme is Excellence on a Global Scale.  Over 750 court leaders, administrators and judges from throughout the United States and over 50 countries are expected to attend.   

Both organizations recognize the important role that professional court administration plays worldwide and are partnering to provide an outstanding educational conference to our collective members.  This partnership is an opportunity for members and guests to network, share best practices and learn new and innovative ideas from each other.  Educational session proposals can include domestic or international issues or perspectives.  Topics that address both international and domestic audiences are welcomed and encouraged.

The National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) invite the submission of:

  1. Proposals for conference presentations; and
  2. Articles for possible publication in the associations’ journals. NACM publishes quarterly The Court Manager  IACA publishes twice yearly the peer-reviewed International Journal on Court Administration.
If you have an IDEA for a submission and would like some assistance developing the proposal, please send a brief paragraph describing your IDEA to by November 21, 2016. You will be contacted by a Team of Experts to assist you in developing your proposal. Please call on us!


Conference Theme

Excellence on a Global Scale reflects the commitment of both NACM and IACA to the worldwide improvement of the administration of justice.  Today’s court leaders, administrators and judges are faced with a myriad of challenges that must be addressed effectively to fulfill the public’s trust in them as public servants.  Thus, the conference organizers have prioritized a set of topic areas that reflect these challenges and seek presentation proposals that educate and motivate attendees now and in the future to achieve global excellence in the field.  These topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Equal Access to Justice
    • Serving disadvantaged litigants
    • Overcoming discrimination
    • Language interpretation issues
    • Defining legal advice and legal information
  • Court Governance
    • Attributes of good governance and leadership
    • Resource allocation methodologies – what works
    • Succession Planning
  • Technology and its deployment/use in court systems
    • Cybercrime and IT system security
    • Online dispute resolution (ODR)
    • Mobile solutions
    • Role of the Internet and social media
  • Promoting the Rule of Law
    • Innovative programs
    • Public outreach and education
    • Civic education
  • Use of the NACM Core®
    • Public trust and confidence
    • Ethics and integrity
      • Addressing bias, discrimination and malfeasance
      • Election/selection of judges or staff
    • Caseflow and workflow management
    • Educational development
    • Budget and fiscal management
  • International Framework for Court Excellence & High Performance Court Framework
    • Compare and contrast
    • Effective Implementation strategies (lessons from the field)
  • Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary
    • Perspectives of individual judges and judicial systems
    • What works & how to improve
  • Space and Facilities
    • Key elements of modern design
    • Designing for the future, especially Information Technology
    • Security of courts and judges


Proposals and articles that address both domestic and international perspectives and issues are welcome.

View Call for Proposals | View Call for Articles

All submissions are due by Monday, November 28th.