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.

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The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials

From O.J. Simpson, to Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony, we have become used to the media targeting trials and turning them into spectacles. Many in the public see them as entertainment; often they become a lightning rod for political controversy. All the while jurors must be protected and citizens must be able to conduct their regular business with the court. These challenges can prove an enormous test for a typical trial court. When do you know a trial will turn into a media event? What can your court do to prepare? Michelle Kennedy and Karen Levey share their experiences dealing with high profile trials in their courts.

This is an intriguing episode for listeners interested in high profile trials, media relations, jury security, and court administration.

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Held for Ransom: How Safe is Your Data?

Released July 18, 2019

Ransomware attacks are running rampant throughout the nation. Atlanta, Georgia; Lake City, Florida; Albany, New York; and Del Rio, Texas have all been victims. Most recently the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts was attacked. Local agencies can be crippled for weeks with no data, no internet, no email, and no way to conduct business. Is your court prepared? Can you stop it? How would you even know? Rashida Davis and Stephen Nevels recount their experiences battling attacks on their courts.

This is a fascinating episode for listeners interested in cybersecurity, ransomware such as Ryuk and Sam Sam, court technology, and court administration.

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Is AI Already Here? The Answers May Startle You

You may not be aware, but artificial intelligence (AI) has already established itself in our daily lives. From Amazon to Alexa, sophisticated algorithms affect much of what we do. The next ten years will see advancements in electronic decision-making, facial recognition, language translation, and voice-to-text. Are you willing to accept the cost in loss of privacy due to AI’s insatiable thirst for data for the benefit in added productivity? What will be the new careers in AI world? Abhijeet Chavan and IV Ashton walk us through some of the inner workings of AI, some expectations in areas like Natural Language Processing, and give us advice on how to prepare for the future of this technology.

This is a fascinating episode for listeners interested in court technology, Natural Language Processing, algorithms, individual privacy, language translation, and emerging technologies.

There is a link to a short segment of the book Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb, in the Show Notes section on our website.

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> Additional Resources to Learn More About Artificial Intelligence
>About the Presenters

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Blockchain: Is It Your Court’s Future

Blockchain is a business and accounting tool that has the prospect of changing the way organizations handle money. Its built-in safeguards prevent electronic hacking of financial accounts. Beyond accounting, it has the potential for securing the authenticity of court documents and even identities. But are we willing to pay the cost of Blockchain technology? Paul Embley and Di Graski explore the opportunities to courts and the limits of this technology.

This is a fascinating episode for listeners interested in trial courts, court administration, emerging technologies, digital security, and accounting and finance, and emergency response plans.

A link to Di and Paul’s paper, “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” is in the Show Notes section on our website.

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> Additional Resources to Learn More About Blockchain
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CLA Podcast Bonus: When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court

To Be Released May 16, 2019

“The verifiable integrity of Blockchain records, linked and secured using cryptography, could soon be used in a variety of innovative ways to resolve court recordkeeping challenges. At the same time, Blockchain presents new legal issues that courts must be prepared to address.” This is an audio recitation of a paper written by Di Graski and Paul Embley titled “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” The paper appeared in the 2018 edition of Trends in State Courts published by the National Center for State Courts.

This episode will appeal to listeners interested in trial courts, court administration, emerging technologies, digital security, and accounting and finance, and emergency response plans.

A link to a display version of Di and Paul’s paper, “When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court?” is in the Show Notes section on our website.

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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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> Additional Resources to Accompany the Alaska Earthquake Podcast
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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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> Additional Resources to Learn More About A.I.
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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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YOUR HOST

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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