ICM VP Award of Merit for Applied Research

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2016 Vice President’s Award of Merit for Applied Research Recipient

Stacey Marz


 

Each year, the Vice President of ICM presents the Award of Merit for Applied Research to the ICM Fellows Program graduate who has completed the most outstanding court improvement project. The 2016 recipient is Stacey Marz, Director, Self-Help Services with the Alaska Court System in Anchorage, Alaska. NCSC’s Fred Cheesman, a Principal Court Research Consultant with the Research Division, provided guidance to Ms. Marz as her Project Supervisor.

Ms. Marz’s paper, “An Evaluation of Alaska’s Early Resolution Triage Program,” focused on how to best manage divorce and custody cases involving self-represented litigants efficiently and effectively.  The work uses outcome measures, such as time to disposition and number of motions filed to modify within a specific number of years from final disposition, to understand differences in approaches taken in this case type.  The project explored an early resolution approach to divorce and custody cases as an alternative to traditional adversarial proceedings.  Hallmarks of this alternative include a triage process and assignment of legal resources, such as a volunteer unbundled attorney, mediator or settlement judge, to help bring cases to resolution.  The program incorporates elements of case triage, early intervention and the desire to use a simplified process combined with a problem-solving approach to resolve cases.

Ms. Marz has been employed with the Alaska Court System Family Law Self-Help Center since 2003. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida. Ms. Marz also holds a certificate in mediating domestic relations disputes and is a trained parenting coordinator.  Congratulations Stacey!