Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: September 2019 Episode Shooting incidents are becoming a scourge on the American landscape and courthouses are certainly not immune.  An incident can last only seconds but the trauma to court staff and the unsuspecting public can live on and on.  If a calamity occurs, we face the triple challenge: emergency decisions … Continue reading Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?

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

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: August 2019 Episode 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 … Continue reading The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials

Held for Ransom: How Safe is Your Data?

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: July 2019 Episode 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 … Continue reading Held for Ransom: How Safe is Your Data?

When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: May 2019 Bonus Episode . . [Blockchain records] could soon be used in a variety of innovative ways to resolve court record keeping 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 … Continue reading When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court

Is AI Already Here? The Answers May Startle You

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: June 2019 Episode 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 … Continue reading Is AI Already Here? The Answers May Startle You

Court Leader’s Advantage – Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know Now

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. … Continue reading Court Leader’s Advantage – Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know Now

What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: February 2019 Episode Last fall Hurricane Florence devastated the state of North Carolina's families, communities, and its trial courts. Court administrators Ellen Hancox and Caitlin Emmons discuss how they made it through the storm, took care of their families, and helped manage to keep their courts afloat. What lessons can we … Continue reading What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us

Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Develop Tools Used in Courts

Administrator's note:  This is an updated version of an article previously published to Court Leader on July 21, 2018. (1) Significant attention is now being focused on developing tools to assist people in navigating legal processes, resolving legal disputes, and making legal decisions. Using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze relevant datasets could greatly increase the … Continue reading Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to Develop Tools Used in Courts

The 2018 NACM Annual Conference in Atlanta: Ethics and Active Engagement

The sessions on Monday, presented by the Hon. Susan Sabers, Karl Thoennes III, and Peter C. Kiefer, featured lively discussions as audience members role-played various characters in two scenarios and the entire audience voted on the ethics of the drama using the electronic voting method PollEverywhere. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Courts and … Continue reading The 2018 NACM Annual Conference in Atlanta: Ethics and Active Engagement