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Take advantage of CTC 2015's early bird rate


Registration is now open for NCSC's 2015 Court Technology Conference (CTC), which will be held September 22-24 in Minneapolis. We encourage court professionals to take advantage of CTC's early bird rate of $700, available through May 15. Registration is offered online or by mail. CTC is designed to improve court efficiency and effectiveness by educating court professionals about the latest breakthroughs and best practices in court technology. The
conference recently announced its six educational tracks: E-Bench and Judicial Tools; Electronic Court Records Management; Management of Court IT; The Judiciary in a Virtual, Mobile, Social World; Access to Justice; and Courthouse of the Future.  CTC 2015 also will showcase one of the largest court technology exhibits in the world.


2014 Annual Report showcases NCSC highlights


The National Center for State Courts' 2014 Annual Report, "Honoring Tradition. Leading Innovation," was released this month. In this report, readers will learn how NCSC helps courts stay in step with a changing society while never losing sight of the long-standing principles of a fair and impartial justice system. The report focuses on several of NCSC's projects, including implementing data-driven workload assessments, creating and managing problem-solving courts, educating court leaders about emerging trends, teaching judges about implicit bias, and more. NCSC's story is told by court administrators and judges who have worked side-by-side with NCSC researchers and technologists to establish the most effective and efficient methods to maintain access to justice for everyone.


It's Magna Carta mayhem at NCSC


NCSC is celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in several exciting, informative ways. In April, NCSC released three mini Cartas, videos of 50 seconds or less that teach about Magna Carta's relevance today. On May 1, NCSC will release a video highlighting the Great Charter from its beginning to its influential place in history, with commentary from chief justices, state court administrators, NCSC President Mary McQueen, and the law librarian of the Library of Congress. Earlier this year, NCSC published Justice Case Files 5: The Case of the Cyberbully. The book teaches about bullying and the Magna Carta, which was drafted, in part, because of King John's bullying of barons. NCSC has released lesson plans that include worksheets, discussion questions, role-playing activities, and more.


ICM offering new interactive course


The Institute for Court Management (ICM) has designed a new hybrid course on Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts, which begins online this May and is completed in person at the 2015 National Association for Court Management Annual Conference in July. The course features several interactive elements and covers topics like promoting the independence of the judiciary, professional development for judges and court professionals, responding to challenges in court operations, public access to courts, and more. Sign up now, as space is limited.


NCSC reading room


Courts deal with aspects of family law every day when deciding matters such as kinship, the rights and responsibilities of marriage, and how family relationships are created and resolved. Yet this field is not as heavily studied as other aspects of law. In Family Law Reimagined, Jill Elaine Hasday, Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, evaluates the "canon" of family law, which she describes as "the dominant narratives, stories, examples and ideas" that are used to describe the "governing principles" of family law. This book is available from NCSC's Library.

Courts sometimes use copyrighted materials as part of training sessions. This month's online Trends in State Courts article discusses what courts must know regarding the "fair-use" and "education" exceptions for copyrighted works.

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