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The Coronavirus: How Are Courts Coping with the Crisis?

The scourge of the Coronavirus is a national emergency unlike anything we have seen in modern times. It is affecting all aspects of our lives and work. The virus is having a profound impact on how American courts are coping. Throughout the crisis, we will have weekly podcast episodes with a “rotating panel” of guests that will answer the question, “How are courts and court administrators dealing with the coronavirus on a daily basis?”

Episode 13: Thursday, June 25, 2020

COOPs and the Coronavirus: The Lessons May Surprise You


Courts are now in the midst of reopening, yet the Coronavirus is still very much with us. Right now, the United States has had over 2.3 million confirmed cases with over 26,000 new cases reported just yesterday. We have experienced 121,000 deaths from the virus and new projections predict that we will top 200,000 by the fall. In over a third of the country, the infection rate is actually increasing. This alone makes this crisis different from any courts have ever faced before. If it were a hurricane, a tornado, or an earthquake, within a few hours to a few days, it would be over; efforts would turn to clean up and repair. We still cannot do that even though the country is working hard to return to normal. Nevertheless, this seems like a good time to look back, take stock of what we have learned so far from the crisis, and think of what we would change in our Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP).

This week the panel discusses the need for long-term COOP recovery plans; necessary pandemic based legal changes in family court law, protection orders, child custody, domestic violence, and speedy trial requirements; the reality of having no physical location in which to hold court for months; improving emergency communications systems; improving teleworking protocols; identifying court functions that can be permanently performed at home; the radically different design of future courthouses; and changing sick leave requirements from “if sick – stay home,” to “if might be sick – stay home to protect others.”

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court (Detroit, Michigan).

• Dorothy Howell, Court Executive for the Probation Division of the Superior Court in East Orange (Newark, New Jersey).

• Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).

• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court in Breckenridge, Colorado.

• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).

• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Office for the Superior Court in San Diego, California.

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Episode 12: Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis?


Your Court Restarting Trials? Here’s What Works As courts are reopening, many have already held their first trials. Others are planning to start trials in the next month or two. Whether they are conducted in-courtroom, or via video conference-calls, trials are going to look different for some time into the future. What will change for those coming to the courthouse? What will a trial on a video conference-call look like? To help manage this process, The Federal Judiciary just released a report on June 4 titled, “Conducting Jury Trials and Convening Grand Juries During the Pandemic.” The panel discusses the experience of courts that have already held some trials; others courts that are starting up pilot programs in their states; the dramatic increase in the space needs for jury trials (it is currently taking three courtrooms to hold a single trial); supplemental jury questionnaires specifically addressing jurors and the Coronavirus; masks, goggles, and gloves, disinfecting routines; videos describing wha

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court (Detroit, Michigan)

• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).

• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court in Breckenridge, Colorado.

• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).

• Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

Additional Resource: Conducting Jury Trials and Convening Grand Juries During the Pandemic

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Episode 11: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Budget Strategies: What Have We Learned from the Lockdown?


About three weeks ago, May 14, 2020, the financial crisis was looming, but the details were still vague. Since then several courts have been forced to begin budget cuts that have included layoffs and furloughs. Yet even now all we can say about the national situation is, it remains fluid. Dread over the upcoming economic statistics turned to excitement on Friday, June 5th as the unemployment numbers were better than expected. Still, unemployment remains well above the highest numbers seen during the 2008 recession. What do we know now after several weeks have gone by? Have courts adapted their plans to the changing economic situation?

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court (Detroit, Michigan)

• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).

• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court in Breckenridge, Colorado.

• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).

• Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

• Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Pierce County Superior Court (Tacoma, Washington).

• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Office for the Superior Court in San Diego, California.

Additional Resource: States Unlikely to Raise Taxes Amid Pandemic, Panelists Say

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Episode 10: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Courts and Protest! also Virtual Hearings: What Have We Learned After Three Months?


The events that have transpired since late February of this year defy classification.

• A pandemic the likes of which this country has not seen since the 1918 Spanish flu
• Unemployment numbers that rival the 1929 Great Depression
• Now protests and riots in dozens of American cities sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis.

Protests and the Courts
This episode was to focus on virtual hearings, and we will still discuss this topic, yet it is vital that we acknowledge the events of the last week during this episode.

Virtual Hearings
Most courts now have experienced about three months using virtual hearings on an extensive scale. This is a good time to explore some of the everyday topics that concern expanding the use of this innovation. The panel discusses public access to virtual hearings, security, ease of use, handling private attorney-client sidebars, making the record, and situations where one party physically shows up for a hearing while the other party is virtual.

This week's panel includes:
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.
• Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Pierce County Superior Court (Tacoma, Washington).
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Office for the Superior Court in San Diego, California.

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Additional Resources

Efficiency and Cost: The Impact of Videoconferenced Hearings on Bail Decisions

Courts and Coronavirus: Is Videoconferencing a Solution?
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Episode 9: Thursday, May 28, 2020

What Will the Courthouse of the Future Look Like?

As more courts reopen many practical problems are emerging. How to social distance in courthouses and courtrooms that are ill-equipped for this kind of crisis? What kinds of traffic and crowd management tools are available? What will courthouses look like ten or fifteen years from now? This week's panel includes: • Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court (Breckenridge, Colorado). • Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court (Detroit, Michigan). • Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon). • Rick Pierce with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts. • Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Pierce County Superior Court (Tacoma, Washington). • Dorothy Howell, Court Executive for the Probation Division of the Superior Court in East Orange (Newark, New Jersey). Listen to the podcast https://nacmnet.org/podcasts Leave a question or comment about the episode at clapodcast@nacmnet.org.

This week's panel includes:

• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court (Breckenridge, Colorado).
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.
• Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Pierce County Superior Court (Tacoma, Washington)

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Episode 8: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Ready to Reopen: What You Should Be Thinking About Now

Almost all states have reopened, yet the future is still uncertain as COVID cases continue to climb and a vaccine appears unlikely before 2021. Courts are faced with an ever-growing array of challenges. Keeping employees, judicial staffs, litigants, and attorneys safe while reopening courthouses. Dealing with an ever-growing backlog of cases. Restarting court operations that ground to a halt months ago. Facing the possibility of enormous budget shortfalls. Solutions are scarce and the need for innovation has never been greater.

This week's panel includes:

• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator for the Municipal Court (Breckenridge, Colorado).
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for the 7th Judicial Circuit (Daytona Beach, Florida).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court, (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator with the Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.
• Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Pierce County Superior Court (Tacoma, Washington)

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Episode 7: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Budget Cuts: The Crisis in a Crisis

As if the Coronavirus crisis was not enough, our country now faces the worst unemployment figures since the 1929 Great Depression. People not working means people are unable to pay taxes. State and local governments are experiencing staggering declines in tax revenue. Sales taxes are decreasing since, despite states reopening, many people are still not going to stores or restaurants. Withholding taxes have been reduced as millions have been laid off. Income tax revenue will start to shrink into next year as those who are out of work file their tax returns. Finally, property taxes will begin to fall as unemployed people are no longer able to hold on to their homes. How will courts now deal with the double dilemma of an ongoing pandemic along with budget cuts?

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for Wayne County, Michigan (City of Detroit).
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge, Colorado.
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for Valusia County, Florida (Daytona Beach).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.
• Dorothy Howell, Probation Division Manager for East Orange, New Jersey (Newark)

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Episode 6: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Is It Time to Reopen?

It has been nearly two months since the President declared a national health emergency. Twenty-two states have reopened or partially reopened; another six have plans to reopen in the near future. This while the other twenty-two states have extended their orders to remain closed or have no reopening date set. Even though nationwide, deaths from the Coronavirus have not significantly lessened, the trend toward reopening is clear. How are courts responding? Have they set a date to resume jury trials?

And now, the specter of government budget shortfalls loom due to massive unemployment. How are courts bracing for possible funding cuts?

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for Wayne County, Michigan (City of Detroit).
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge, Colorado.
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Officer for the Superior Court in San Diego, California.
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for Valusia County, Florida (Daytona Beach).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.
• Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator for Pierce County, Washington, (Tacoma)

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Episode 5: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Many jails and prisons across the country have now become coronavirus hotspots. For example, news reports about the infamous Rikers Island jail in New York estimate that 12 hundred inmates are infected and 10 have died. An estimated 800 correctional officers have been infected and of those 8 have passed. There are estimates that over 560 prisoners in federal custody have tested positive and 24 have died.

Social distancing in jail is impossible. So, across the country, large numbers of inmates are being released to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Of course, there are also risks from releasing inmates. Some released prisoners have been rearrested for committing new crimes. What effect has releasing so many inmates had on jails and on courts? What effect has it had on our communities?

This week, we continue our weekly podcast series, “Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis,” in a conversation with our panelists. This episode explores jurisdictions that have reduced their jail populations and have adjusted their time payment plans to accommodate those at risk of contracting the coronavirus. We look at how the release decisions have been made, how judges and staff still working the courthouse are protecting themselves, and how our communities view these inmate releases.

This week's panel includes:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator for Wayne County, Michigan (City of Detroit).
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge, Colorado.
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Officer for the Superior Court in San Diego, California.
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator for Valusia County, Florida (Daytona Beach).
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator for the Lane County Circuit Court (Eugene, Oregon).
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Episode 4: Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Nation now moves to the end of its second month battling the pandemic. The infection rate has climbed into the hundreds of thousands; the death toll has reached well beyond 45,000. This week we continue our weekly podcast series, “Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis,” in a conversation with our panelists.

Numerous courts have been closed for over a month because of the virus. As a result, many are experimenting with court staff teleworking. In fact, we may be witnessing the first truly nationwide experiment ever of court employees teleworking. How are court staff taking to this experiment? How are courts fairing?

This episode explores who is teleworking and what do employees need to be successful. We look at union-management relations, equipment allocation, and how do we manage a staff that is almost all home working from their laptops?

Now, in the midst of the crisis, many states are opening back up or are at least considering it. Are courts looking to reopen this soon?

This week's panel includes:

• Dorothy Howell, Division Manager with Probation for the Superior Court in East Orange in Newark, New Jersey.
• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator in Detroit; Michigan.
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge, Colorado.
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Officer in San Diego, California.
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator in Daytona Beach, Florida.
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator in Eugene, Oregon.
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Additional Resources:
Third Circuit Court Recommended Safety Protocols
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Episode 3: Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Nation continues to face the desolation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The profound impact of this health calamity continues to bear down on the courts, court staff, our collaborative partners and court users. As part of our continuing weekly podcast series focusing on how courts are coping with the Coronavirus crisis, we look at how courts are turning to technology to help maintain operations.

Before the crisis, virtual hearings were a minor part of the court operations landscape. Now they are being aggressively explored as one solution to help keep courts up and running. How effective are they? What are the benefits and drawbacks? What do we need to watch out for? This week’s panelists relate their courts’ experiences with virtual hearings on platforms including, Microsoft Teams, Skype, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Zoom, CourtCall, JAVS, and CourtSmart.

Our panelists talk about which virtual hearing platforms courts are using. They discuss security concerns, court rules and state laws, public access, creating the record, and technical problems they have encountered and overcome. Finally, they consider the question, “Will this crisis mark a cultural shift in courts’ acceptance of virtual hearings in the future?”

This week’s panelists are:

• Zenell Brown, Court Administrator in Detroit, Michigan
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive Officer in San Diego, California
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator in Daytona Beach, Florida
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator in Eugene, Oregon
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts

Additional Resources:
Joint Technology Conference Quick Response Bulletin Strategic Issues to Consider when Starting Virtual Hearings
Michigan Trial Courts Virtual Courtroom Standards and Guidelines
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Episode 2: Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate and confound the country. It has been a mere ten weeks since the first case appeared in the United States. This week our panelists talk about communicating in the crisis. How does your court communicate with employees and with justice system partners? How does your court communicate to make major decisions like suspending jury trials and closing courthouses? Finally, what were the lessons learned this week?

This week’s panelists are:

• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator in Daytona Beach, Florida
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge Colorado
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator in Eugene, Oregon
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts
• Mike Roddy, Court Executive in San Diego, California

Additional Resources:
Coping with Coronavirus on a Personal Level
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Episode 1: Thursday, April 2, 2020

The nation and the nation’s courts are gearing up to confront the Coronavirus. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have Coronavirus pandemic resource pages; eight states and four territories have pandemic information on their state court homepages. [1] This week our panelists share how their staffs are holding up during the crisis. They also discuss how effective their continuity of operations plans have been.
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[1] National Center for State Courts website.

This week, our panelists are:

• Zenell Brown, Executive Court Administrator in Detroit, Michigan
• Mark Weinberg, Court Administrator in Daytona Beach, Florida
• Angie VanSchoick, Court Administrator in Breckenridge Colorado
• Liz Rambo, Trial Court Administrator in Eugene, Oregon
• T.J. BeMent, Court Administrator in Athens, Georgia
• Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator, Pennsylvania Administrative Office of the Courts
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Angie VanSchoick


Angie VanSchoick is the Court Administrator with the Town of Breckenridge Municipal Court, a position she has held since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for all court operations, including the implementation of policies and procedures, general administration, and jury management. Over the past five years, she has expanded her court presence to include serving on the Board of the Colorado Association for Municipal Court Administration (CAMCA). She currently serves as President of CAMCA, in addition to maintaining their website, serving as a trainer, and providing general oversight.

Ms. VanSchoick is a licensed macro level social worker in the State of Colorado and Michigan, receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2007. Her focus was on Policy, Evaluation, Community Organization, and Community Social Systems, which has provided her with a solid background to assist her Court and CAMCA. As a lifelong learner, she welcomes opportunities to expand her knowledge and knows that serving as a NACM Director will assist in that expansion.

Mark A. Weinberg


Mark A. Weinberg has served as the Court Administrator for the Seventh Judicial Circuit since May 1993. Prior to moving to Florida, he was an administrator with the court in Maricopa County, Arizona. He holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from James Madison University and a master's degree in judicial administration from the University of Denver. He serves on several Florida Supreme Court committees and is a member of the National Association for Court Management

Liz Rambo


Liz Rambo is the Trial Court Administrator for Lane County Circuit Court. As the TCA for one of Oregon’s largest courts, Liz is responsible for all non-judicial court functions including budget, human resources, technology, facilities, and business efficiency. A 31-year court employee, Liz has a history of advocacy for the mission of the Oregon Judicial Department and the service that the Oregon Judicial Branch provides to the public. Liz has served on a variety of judicial branch leadership committees including as Chair of the Chief Justice Communications Committee, member of the Chief Justice Strategic Planning Committee, Law and Policy Workgroup, Internal Audit Committee, the Oregon eCourt Steering Committee. For the last five years, Liz has worked closely with Lane County leadership toward building a new Lane County Courthouse and will continue to bring her years of experience to that ongoing project through design and construction. Liz graduated with high scholarship from Oregon State University with a BA in history and has an MBA from Portland State University. She is a long-time member of the National Association of Court Management and holds a Court Manager certification from the National Center for State Courts.

Rick Pierce


Rick Pierce, Judicial Programs Administrator of the Judicial District Operations and Programs Department, has served in the field of court administration for the past twenty-nine years. Prior to his appointment at the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Pierce was the district court administrator for Cumberland County. Prior to his 4 ½ year tenure as court administrator, Pierce was the assistant administrator for the 9th judicial district from 1988-1997.

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 served as the President for the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management for 2005-2006. Previously he has served on the MAACM advisory board from 1997-2005.

A graduate from Washington and Lee University, Pierce received his Masters in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1995. He has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management, (PACM) since its inception in 1989. He has served as a board member from 1994-2001, culminating in his presidency in 2000-2001.

Chris Gaddis


Chris Gaddis, Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Washington for Pierce County, has been with the court for 4 years. Prior to working for the court, he had 20 years in law enforcement with the last four years as Chief of Police. Mr. Gaddis is the current President of the Association of Washington Superior Court Administrators. He is also a member of the Washington State Jury Diversity Task Force and the Washington State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission Public Trust and Confidence Committee.

Zenell Brown


As a Court Administrator, Zenell Brown has garnered respect for her ethical leadership and innovation. She has built her approach on three pillars: communication, leadership responsibility and accountability, and diversity and inclusion. She has shared her “Justice for All” leadership and organizational wisdom at local, state, and national level conferences for court managers and teams.

Zenell continues to add to her current credentials of Juris Doctor (Wayne State University Law School), Public Service Administration Graduate Certificate (Central Michigan University), Court Administration Certificate (Michigan State University), and Certified Diversity Professional (National Diversity Council-DiversityFirst).

Dorothy Howell


Dorothy A. Howell is a 27-year veteran in the State of New Jersey Judiciary. She began her career in 1992 as an investigator in the Probation Division, Child Support unit in Passaic County, NJ. She swiftly ascended through the ranks with an uninterrupted succession to probation officer, senior probation officer and a Court Service Supervisor II. While working in those titles, she was instrumental in the implementation and the execution of several community programs; many of which are still operational.

In 2000, Mrs. Howell was promoted to Assistant Chief Probation Officer as a result of her leadership and creative style of supervision. As an Assistant Chief, she resumed her involvement and enhancement of the Division’s innovative projects and is credited with developing the first Passaic County juvenile “girl’s group” designed specifically to address the unique issues facing female probationers. Additionally, Mrs. Howell helped facilitate the Passaic County Probation Division’s medical visitation program whereby doctors and nurses from St. Joseph’s Medical Center volunteered their time and serve to accompany probation officers on routine home visits.

In 2016, Mrs. Howell was re-assigned to the Probation Division as the Vicinage Chief Probation Officer. As the VCPO in the Essex vicinage, Chief Howell is responsible for over 230 employees in three separate locations. She continues to serve on several committees and enjoys returning to her first love, “Probation Services”.

Dorothy Howell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and obtained the Certified Court Manager certification and the Certified Court Executive certification from the National Center for State Courts. Dorothy Howell is also an instructor for the Judiciary Court Executive Continuing Education Program (JCECE) in partnership with (ICM) the Institute of Court Management . She currently serves as a Director on the National Association of Court Management’s Executive Board.

Michael Roddy


Michael Roddy, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of San Diego County, has more than 39 years of court administration experience, both in the trial courts and in state court administration.

Before returning to the San Diego Superior Court in January 2006, Mr. Roddy served as the California Administrative Office of the Courts’ Regional Administrative Director for the Northern/Central Region (2001-2006), Executive Officer of the Sacramento Superior Court (1989-1994), Assistant Executive Officer (1988-1989) of the Superior Court of San Diego County, and in a variety of other administrative positions in the Superior Courts of San Diego and Los Angeles counties.

T.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.

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