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What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us
Last September, Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina’s families, its communities, and its courts. There had to be “contingency plans for contingency plans” in order to deal with a storm that upended lives and work. Court Administrators Ellen Hancox and Caitlin Emmons talk about how their courts and their families endured and how their continuity of operations plans held up in the face of flooded facilities and judges who had not yet fully recovered from the previous hurricane (Matthew). Ellen and Caitlin share good advice for all of us from their experience.
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 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, she relocated to North Carolina with her husband who serves in the is an active duty United States Marine. She served 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.
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.
Below are suggestions to learn more about A.I.
Alan Carlson, “Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Develop Tools Used in Courts,” December 16, 2018.
Alexandra Mateescu and Madeleine Clare Elish, “AI in Context, The Labor of Integrating new Technologies, Data And Society,” January 30, 2019.
From Abstract: “In this report, we provide new evidence and frameworks for thinking about the near-term impacts of automated and AI technologies on society. Our report demonstrates the necessity to integrate rather than deploy AI technologies and to account for how AI technologies reconfigure work practices rather than replace workers.”
Nicole Clark, “Does Anyone Have Any Intel on My Judge?”, Law Practice Today, December 14, 2018. Nice summary of what AI tools cold be used by lawyers to better represent clients, lots of implications for courts/judges.
Legal Services Community, “Legal Services Community Principles and Guidelines for Due Process and Ethics in the Age of AI”, last updated: June 5, 2018, version 1.0.
Greg Berman, “Our 2 Kinds of Criminal Justice, and How to Reconcile Them, We need both micro justice and macro justice. But they aren’t always in sync.”, Governing, June 7, 2018.
Rachel Coldicutt, “Tech ethics, who are they good for?”, June 8, 2018. Asks questions of who benefits and who is harmed by tech tools – who the “subjects” of the policy are.
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.
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.
Alaska’s Earthquake: Its Surprising Lessons
Friday, November 30, 2018, Anchorage, Alaska, suffered a magnitude 7.1 earthquake followed by thousands of aftershocks. Though we always think of California when we think earthquakes, this quake was larger than the infamous 1989 Loma Prieta event (a.k.a. the World Series Quake). Alaska was also the site of the 1964 Good Friday quake: the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the United States. How did the Alaska Court System’s emergency response plans hold up when put to the test of a major quake? What can we take away 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.
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 is responsible for developing 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).