Nora E. Sydow

Nora Sydow is a Senior Court Management Consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). She works on variety of projects improving court organization, process and operations, with special attention to those involving children and families.

Highlights of NCSC Projects:

  • Project lead, Judicial Engagement Team, a partnership between NCSC and Casey Family Programs to improve outcomes for children and families and safely reduce the number of children in foster care through improved judicial practice.
  • Project lead, technical assistance project improving continuance rate and concurrent planning in dependency cases in the Rhode Island Family Court,
  • Consultant, National Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues and the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data & Technology
  • Project lead, technical assistance project on education performance measures, Arizona Court Improvement Program and Pima County Superior Court
  • Project lead, technical assistance project on education performance measures, Mecklenburg County and the North Carolina Court Improvement Program
  • Project lead, technical assistance project for the Arkansas Court Improvement Program on performance measures and improving caseflow management in child abuse and neglect cases
  • Project staff, evaluation of the Colorado dependency court performance measures, with special emphasis on data analysis and presentation
  • Project staff, Judicial Commissions on the Protection of Children initiative
  • Developed curriculum for Institute for Court Management course, Fundamental Issues of Caseflow Management: Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Prior to joining NCSC, Ms. Sydow worked as a college instructor in a criminal justice program and has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Marion County Circuit Court in Fairmont, West Virginia. Ms. Sydow received her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law and dual B.S. degrees from Old Dominion University in political science and criminal justice. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. 

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