Scott C. Griffith is Director of Research and Court Services for the Texas Office of Court Administration.
Prior to coming to Texas, Mr. Griffith was Deputy Judicial Administrator for Research and Development at the Louisiana Supreme Court. In that role he provided lead staff support to the Supreme Court and other courts in connection with Louisiana's Judicial Budget and Performance Accountability Act. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Drug Court Program Office, where he oversaw disbursement of state and federal funds to 48 programs. Before that, he served as Judicial Administrator of the Jefferson Parish (LA) Juvenile Court. Previously, he developed and managed justice related research projects at the Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans and the New Orleans-based Bureau of Governmental Research. A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Griffith has a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans. He is past president of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association and served on its executive board.
Mr. Griffith has been a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) since 1998.
Vicky Carlson is the Court Administrator in Scott County, Minnesota, First Judicial District, a position she has held since 2015. She is responsible for all operations of the court including criminal, jury, family, civil, juvenile, traffic, and probate. Prior to her service in Scott County, she served for seven years as the Court Administrator in Carver County, Minnesota. She has served in numerous roles in her career throughout the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Ms. Carlson is past president of the Minnesota Association for Court Management (MACM). MACM is an organization committed to the enrichment of its members through professional growth and development opportunities, promoting advancements and innovation in court administration, and partnering with other professionals working to improve the justice system in Minnesota.
Ms. Carlson attended Metro State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration. She is a Fellow of the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management (2011).
Ms. Carlson is currently serving as President-Elect of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). She was originally elected to the NACM) Board in 2011 as the General Jurisdiction Director and has served in various officer positions since then.
Yolanda Lewis is the District Court Administrator of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and the Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Fulton County, the largest and busiest court system in the State of Georgia. Ms. Lewis has served in her capacity at Superior Court of Fulton County since October 2010. Prior to joining the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, she served as Court Administrator for Clayton County, the Assistant Director of Judicial Liaison with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the state agency which serves as the secretariat to the Georgia Supreme Court and all other courts in the state.
During her 13-year career with the judiciary, Ms. Lewis has provided broad-scale administrative support, strategic direction, training, budget and resource management, alternative sentencing, program development, legislative direction, and executive-level project management for more than 1,100 judges across the State of Georgia. Ms. Lewis has been credited with creating the Regional Justice Technology Expo for the Southeast Region of United States, and at least two award-winning court programs, one of which has been noted as a “National Best Practice” by the Justice Management Institute.
Ms. Lewis earned a bachelor of arts in criminal justice and a master's in public administration and inter-governmental affairs from the University of South Alabama. She serves on the board of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators, the Supreme Court Commission on Interpreters, the Georgia Accountability Courts Standing Committee, and as host of “Fulton Justice,” a program dedicated to providing citizens with a closer look at the Atlanta Justice System. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University Certification program from the Georgia Council of Court Administrators, Leadership Clayton, and is currently enrolled in the American Institute for Diversity Management.
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Stephanie Hess, Esq.
Stephanie Elliott Hess is Director of the Office of Court Services with the Supreme Court of Ohio. In that capacity, she oversees consulting services provided to the judges and court staff of the state. Areas addressed include caseflow and court performance management, domestic violence, language services, specialized dockets (problem solving courts), dispute resolution, and the improvement of court services for children and families.
Ms. Hess is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. She is currently a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association for Court Administration, and the Ohio Jury Management Association. Ms. Hess also serves as a faculty member for the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management, is president of the National Association for Court Management, and serves as a National Center for State Courts’ board member.
Prior to joining the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ms. Hess worked for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas – General Trial Division for eleven years as a bailiff and then as Director of Human Resources for the court. She received her bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Tracy J. BeMent
Tracy "T.J." BeMent is the District Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial Administrative District of Georgia. The 10th JAD covers the general jurisdiction superior courts in six circuits in 21 counties. He was previously the Court Administrator for the Athens-Clarke County Courts in Athens, Georgia, where he worked with all six levels of trial courts in the county. He acts as the primary liaison to the state and county governments and serves as a resource for the judges and judicial staff on many issues. Mr. BeMent administers nearly $2 million in state and federal grants and is a federal grant peer reviewer. He has been working in the courts for more than 15 years. Prior to coming to Georgia, he was the Assistant Court Administrator for the Las Vegas Justice Court and previously the Clerk of Court and Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Columbia's Office of Administrative Hearings. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed his ICM Fellowship in spring 2015.
Hon. Kevin Burke
Kevin Burke is a District Judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota. He is one of the most recognized leaders within the American judiciary. Judge Burke was elected for four terms as Chief Judge and three terms as Assistant Chief Judge. During this time he instituted social science studies – and reforms improving – procedural fairness. From 1991 – 1996 he served as the Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges. He chaired the State Board of Public Defense, and was a leader in the effort to improve and expand the state’s public defender system.
Judge Burke has been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the history of Minnesota by Law & Politics magazine. In 1996 he was named a Toll Fellow. The Toll Fellowship identifies emerging state leaders from all three branches of government. In 1997 he received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2002 the National Center for State Courts awarded him the Distinguished Service Award. In 2003 he was selected as the William H. Rehnquist Award recipient by the National Center for State Courts. The Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness and professional ethics. He was awarded Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine in 2004. In 2005 the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates named him Trial Judge of the Year. The American Bar Association named him Judicial Educator of the year in 2010.
Judge Burke teaches at the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas law schools. For many years he served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute’s Reflective Leadership Program. He has been a speaker in 38 states as well as Abu Dhabi, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, China, India and Ireland regarding improvement in judicial administration and court leadership.
Judge Burke has authored numerous articles, and is the co-author of two American Judges Association White Papers, “Procedural Fairness: A Key Ingredient in Public Satisfaction” and “Minding the Court: Enhancing the Decision-Making Process.” He presently serves on the Board of the Institute for the Reform of the American Legal System. He is a past Board member of the National Center for State Courts and the American Judicature Society.
Jeff Chapple is the Court Administrator of the City of O’Fallon Missouri Municipal Court, a position in which he has served since 2004.
Mr. Chapple earned his master of business administration from Lindenwood University and his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Missouri.
Mr. Chapple currently serves on the Missouri Association for Court Administration (MACA) as the immediate past president. He has served on the MACA board since 2009. In 2015 Mr. Chapple earned the Award of Merit from MACA for the innovative changes implemented as president and testifying before the state legislation regarding court reforms for the municipal courts. He has served on NACM’s membership committee as well as the conference development committee for the past two years. He serves on many local committees and has been a long time supporter of Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, for which he has been a top fundraiser since 2003.
Julie Dybas is the court administrator for Scottsdale City Court and was promoted to the position January 2013 after serving as the Deputy Court Administrator from 2008 to 2013. She has 25 years of experience in three jurisdictions in the Arizona Judicial Branch, including the Superior Court in Maricopa County (Probation Department), the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Scottsdale City Court. Julie worked at the AOC from 1996 to 2008, in three separate departments, as an Education and Program Specialist and Court Services Manager, and as a probation officer for the Maricopa Superior Court from 1992 to 1996 and one additional year with the juvenile probation department.
Julie received her Master of Education in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (May 2007). Julie is the past President of the Arizona Limited Jurisdiction Association (2013 to 2016) and currently serves on various committees at the Arizona Supreme Court, including the Limited Jurisdiction Court Committee (LJC) and the Court Automation Coordinating Committee (CACC).
Dawn A. Palermo is the Judicial Administrator for the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court in Harvey, Louisiana. She has held this position since 2004. In this capacity, she oversees all court programs, employees and finances, negotiates and monitors all contracts and drafts all funding proposals.
Ms. Palermo is also currently a member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and serves on the Finance, Governance, Membership, and Strategic Planning Committees. She has also recently authored the CORE curriculum for budget and financial management for Michigan State University’s Judicial Administrator Certificate Program.
Prior to her appointment as the Judicial Administrator, Ms. Palermo served as the Deputy Judicial Administrator for Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court from 1999-2004, the Drug Court Administrator for the Adult Drug Court at the 24th Judicial District Court from 1997-1999, a Management Analyst with the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority from 1995-1997, and as a Liaison to the Louisiana Legislature for Jefferson Parish. Ms. Palermo directed the Jefferson Parish Drug Court Planning Committee and started both the Jefferson Parish Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts. She was instrumental in securing and maintaining funding for these courts. She served as President of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association from 2012 to 2013.
Ms. Palermo received a bachelor’s of science in business and public administration from Louisiana State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of New Orleans. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and is a certified Emergenetics Trainer.
Alyce Roberts works in the Administrative Office of the Alaska Court System where she serves as the special projects coordinator. In this capacity, she is the Administrative Office’s primary liaison with clerks of court and is responsible for the management of statewide projects including organizing the annual statewide clerks of court conference. Recent projects include the development of website content and court forms to assist self-represented litigants filing estate cases; a review and proposed revision of the court’s grand jury rules, the development and implementation of the court’s legal notice website; implementation of an interim method for the electronic distribution of court documents to attorneys, agencies, and self-represented litigants pending implementation of a full e-filing/e-notice system; and implementation of a new jury management system.
In her position, Ms. Roberts also provides guidance on matters relating to jury management and she serves as a member of the Alaska Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Advisory Committee. She recently co-authored an article entitled “Alaska Court System Legal Notice Website” that was published in Court Manager (winter 2015/2016) and Court Trends (2016).
Ms. Roberts has been with the Alaska Court System since 1989 and has held a variety of administrative and trial court positions including that of clerk of court in Anchorage which is the state’s largest general jurisdiction court.
A member of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) since 2009, Ms. Roberts has served on NACM’s Conference Development and Communications Committees. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (2010). She is an Alaska Native of the Sugpiaq culture from the Kodiak Archipelago.
Jeffrey Tsunekawa is Judicial Operations Manager for the Seattle Municipal Court in Seattle, Washington. Holding this this position since the fall of 2014, he oversees jury operations, courtroom judicial operations and holds responsibility for both the digital and paper records of the Court. Prior to becoming the Judicial Operations Manager, he was the Senior Executive Assistant to the seven elected Judges and six Magistrates for the Seattle Municipal Court. He previously held positions of similar responsibility at King County Superior Court before joining the Seattle Municipal Court.
Mr. Tsunekawa received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Washington State University in 2007, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University in 2016. He is also a 2016 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.
Currently, Mr. Tsunekawa is a member of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Management Association, since 2011. In 2016, Mr. Tsunekawa became a Fellow of the Institute of Court Management with the National Center for State Courts. He has been a member of the National Association for Court Management since 2007 and has served on multiple committees, including: Ethics, Communications, Nominations, and Membership. In addition, he is fulfilling a three-year term on the Joint Technology Committee (JTC). He has been a member of the National Notary Association since 2007.