June 30, 2016          

Meet NAPCO’s President

Meet Judge John Russo, President of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO):

The Honorable John J. Russo is the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ohio in Cuyahoga County, serving the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area.  He has chaired or participated in numerous justice system boards and committees since beginning his judicial career on the Common Pleas Court, including Lawyers Fund for Client Protection; Ohio Judicial Conference Court Administration Committee; Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association; Cuyahoga County Security Committee; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Westshore Bar Association and Legal Eagles St. Edward High School Community. 

He has taught at numerous court conclaves, judges’ conferences, community programs and bar association meetings, including the National Center for State Courts and the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. Prior to the bench, Judge Russo was a civil and criminal litigator for 12 years in his private practice.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at John Carroll University and his Juris Doctor degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

The inaugural conference, a collaboration between the National Center for State Courts and NAPCO, will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio in September. “There are challenges facing the courts, and by meeting together we can discuss solutions, best practices, and collaboration,” says Judge Russo. “As individual Courts, we make a difference in our communities. Our list of discussions ranges from resistance to change to crisis planning  to hot topics facing us daily. NAPCO will have a lot to offer, and the two-year process of putting the organization together has shown what we can aspire to. Cleveland is undergoing an amazing renaissance. There is an excitement and energy here that hasn’t been seen in decades. A number of incredible transformations are underway, many in preparation for the Republican National Convention in July.”  The 2016 NAPCO Annual and Court Leadership Conference, will be held September 25-28, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Marriott Downtown. Find more information here.

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NACM offers packed agenda in Pittsburgh

The National Association for Court Management (NACM) will hold its Annual Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, July 10-14. The packed education program includes five plenary sessions and more than 40 unique workshops. Count on riveting plenary sessions by presenters like Barry Dornfeld, author and expert on organizational change, speaking on Using Culture to Drive Strategic Change, and Patricia Breckenridge, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, speaking on Collaborative Leadership: Ferguson and Beyond. Shared interest groups, an extensive exhibit show, and a social event at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, round out the conference.


NCACC focuses on Effective Project Management and more

The National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks’ (NCACC) 43rd Annual Conference will be held Saturday, July 30 - Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature sessions on Effective Project Management, Managing Pro Se Appeals, Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Court Employees and Real Ethics in a Virtual World. There will also be tours of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center and Learning Center, with a reception to follow. During the conference, attendees will experience Denver’s urban core and all its historical, cultural,
and athletic amenities.


CCPIO heads to Hartford

The Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) is traveling to Hartford, Connecticut, July 31-August 3 at the Hilton Hartford for their Annual Meeting.  CCPIO members will consider a wide array of topics covering a range of core competencies.  Attendees will hear from Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance about how he handled hundreds of reporters in the days after the Sandy Hook massacre, from some of Connecticut’s top journalists about the 2016 media landscape, and from prominent First Amendment Attorney David Schulz.  Other sessions will focus on successful education programs for judges and journalists and more specifically, from investigative reporters on what puts them on a trail, reputation management, communications plans and boosting a court’s visual presence. 


Re-engage, Rethink, Renew is NASJE’s focus in Vermont

The National Association of State Judicial Educators’ (NASJE) Annual Conference will be September 25-28, in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. The Annual Conference Committee has planned an excellent array of educational sessions around the theme, Changing Perspectives in Judicial Branch Education: Re-Engage, Rethink, Renew, including: The what, why, and how of leveraging mobile learning for judicial branch education; Application of NASJE’s respected Curriculum Designs, from dealing with challenges in creating courses and developing faculty to addressing cutting-edge issues; Reducing stress and increasing resiliency for educators and those they work with; Many others including restorative justice, procedural fairness, gray area thinking, and re-evaluating the justice system’s role as it relates to mental illness.


Canada welcomes AJA

The American Judges Association (AJA) is holding its Annual Conference September 25-30 in Toronto, Ontario, at the Marriott Eaton Centre.  All judges are encouraged to attend for excellent educational programming and the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from across the United States and Canada.  AJA also is pleased to be inducting Russell Otter of the Ontario Court of Justice as its first Canadian president.

What's Happening?


July 10-14 National Association for Court Management
Annual Meeting
July 23-27 Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators
Annual Meeting, By Invitation Only
Jackson Hole,
July 29-Aug. 4 National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks
Annual Meeting
July 31-Aug. 3 Conference of Court Public Information Officers
Annual Meeting
Sep. 24-28 National Association of State Judicial Educators
Annual Meeting
Sep. 25-28 National Association of Presiding Judges & Court Executive Officers
Annual Meeting
Sep. 25-30 American Judges Association
Annual Meeting


e-Courts 2016 is taking place in Las Vegas, December 12-14 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Rates increase on July 1, so make sure you register today! Our keynote speaker, Gary Marchant, is going to open this year’s conference. You don’t want to miss that.



Have questions? Need additional information? Have something you want to share? Contact Jennifer Haire, Director of Association and Conference Services, at jhaire@ncsc.org or 757.259.1806.