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.

Podcasts will be available on the third Tuesday of every month.

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Courts and Confidence: Does the Public Look at Different Courts Differently?

Released on November 15, 2022. The public’s perception of our courts continues to be a topic of concern and curiosity for court professionals. Last month we […]

Courts and Confidence: What Do We Know About How the Public Perceives the Courts?

Released on October 18, 2022. What do we know about how the public views our courts? We know that the public’s trust and confidence in courts […]

Courts and Customers: What Do Court Users Have to Tell Us?

Released on September 20, 2022. Obtaining customer feedback, obtaining usable feedback, obtaining enough of it to be able to rationally modify court programs, all of these […]

Behavioral Health and the Courts: What Should You Be Doing Right Now?

Released on August 16, 2022. In this episode, we ask the question, “What should our courts be doing now?” This month we bring our discussion on […]

Where is Bail Reform Now? Drive for Reform and Push Back

Released on July 19, 2022. Bail Reform has been praised as an effective way to correct a societal wrong. Its byword has been “bail does not […]

Online Dispute Resolution and Virtual Mediation: What Is Your Court Choosing?

Online Dispute Resolution has been with us in various forms since the 1990s, although it really became widely accepted a little over five years ago.  By […]

Behavioral Health and the Young: Adolescents and The Mental Health Crisis

  This country’s mental health crisis is by no means limited to adults.  We know that young people frequently suffer from traumatic events.  This fact has […]

The Great Resignation: How Has It Affected the Courts?

One unintended consequence of the COVID pandemic has been a phenomenon called “The Great Resignation.” Large numbers of American workers have either quit their jobs or […]

Mental Health and the Courts: The Collaborative Court and Community Effective Criminal Case Management

Released on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. In our last two episodes on mental health and the courts we talked about the fact that traditional criminal case […]


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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