Happy holidays to all – here’s wishing everyone a joyous and peaceful end of 2018. At this time of year many of us want to give back to others in our lives, be they family, friends, or professional relations. In the courts we often receive expressions of appreciation, often from well-meaning attorneys who practice in … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Gift Ethics Issues!
Caseflow management is the heart of court administration. Two recent publications do a great job of laying out the key principles and actions every court should take to achieve excellence in caseflow management.
How Do You Effectively Manage Critical or Negative Feedback? Weigh In with Your Tips and Lessons! This question has to do with how we as court leaders respond to less than positive information about our performance. Norman Meyer has written about “Breaking Through Verbal Communication Deadlocks” (see the October 2, 2018 posting on http://www.courtleader.net .In … Continue reading A Court Leadership Question for You…
The Setting A hot, muggy summer evening in 2010 leads 19-year old Peyton[i] to the home of a schoolmate. Adding bored friends to a summer weekend when parents are away at the Gulf, and the kids had the perfect ingredients for a party. Dozens of kids, many of whom Peyton has never seen before, arrive. … Continue reading A Fresh Start: What’s the Court’s Role?
Effective verbal communication often requires using appropriate techniques. This blog post gives many tips on improving one's verbal communication, especially in raising and responding to difficult issues.
Mentoring can be great. Here are a few tips on how to find a good mentor, as well as avoiding the mistake of establishing a mento:mentee relationship in the same organizational unit.
Helpful tips on being a great court administrator from a legendary Clerk of Court.
By: Phillip Knox and Peter C. Kiefer This article has been updated from a previous version posted on August 20, 2018. Back in 2013 we asked about the probability of state legislatures venting their displeasure with state courts, specifically by withholding funds. The assessment was mixed. Most of the 183 court professionals responded at that … Continue reading The Latest Secret About Courts and State Legislatures
Those familiar with court or judicial administration may be familiar with sources of professional training or content (for example, from the National Association for Court Management, the Institute for Court Management at the National Center for State Courts, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Master of Science in Legal Administration, or Michigan State … Continue reading A Court Leadership Question For You…
The U.S. Supreme Court building has its main courtroom, and a little-known basketball court above the courtroom -- and the athletic court has been dubbed the "highest court in the land." Check out the recent article in Sports Illustrated for interesting stories and details.