Court Leader’s Advantage Podcasts

Coming innovations, thought-provoking trends, questions that matter to the court community, these and more themes are covered by the Court Leader’s Advantage podcast series, a forum by court professionals for court professionals to share experiences and lessons learned. Episodes air the third Thursday of each month. Do you have questions or comments about Court Leader’s Advantage Podcasts? Contact


Hurricane Florence

What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us

February 2019

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.

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Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know Now

March 2019

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.

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Alaska’s Earthquake: Its Surprising Lessons

April 2019

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.

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Peter Kiefer

NACM Podcast Host

Peter C. Kiefer is a career court veteran with over 40 years experience working with trial courts in Oregon, Arizona, and California. He has been an administrator in general jurisdiction and limited jurisdiction trial courts; he has also worked for state court administrative offices in both Oregon and California. He has consulted with the judicial systems in Liberia, Moldova, and Beirut, Lebanon, as well as being a member of a NACM delegation to visit the People’s Republic of China. Peter graduated from Santa Clara University with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, received his Master’s of Public Administration with a specialty in Court Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2016 he became a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. In 2015 Peter was given the NACM Award of Merit.

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