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Pennsylvania judge recipient of 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award

Pennsylvania Judge Kim Berkeley Clark will receive the 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The Rehnquist Award recognizes a state court judge who possesses integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, and sound judgment. Judge Clark, of the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), created model programs that have transformed the way children and families are treated within the court system. She will be presented the award in November at the U.S. Supreme Court during a dinner hosted by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.


If you weren’t at CTC 2017...

If you couldn’t be at Court Technology Conference 2017, you missed a lot, but we’re here to fill you in on some of the conference's many speeches, presentations, and education sessions. What are some of the most significant cybersecurity concerns?
What new technological innovations might increase efficiency? How can analyzing data help make courts more user friendly? Click "more" for the answers to these and other questions.


What’s new in NCSC’s International Division

NCSC’s International Division is working on projects in 26 nations, and it is not slowing down. It is opening an office in Mexico City. And it has new work with Tunisia and has received extensions for grants in Nicaragua and Honduras. In addition, it is working with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime to establish a global judicial integrity network, and it recently signed an agreement with the Ibero-America Summit to work on a new program to help juveniles.


Register for a special Court Technology Procurement workshop

The National Center for State Courts is sponsoring a workshop on “Court Technology Procurement” November 7-8, 2017 at the Trial Court Education Center at the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. The workshop will cover the following topics:  How courts can better manage their vendors and the technology integration process; tips and tricks needed during phases of the procurement life cycle; how courts and vendors navigate the adversarial procurement rules to nurture a partnership; and the best way to write requirements. Space is limited, and registration is required.


 10 questions with Blake Kavanagh

At NCSC, we’re proud of the research we do, the advice we give, and the education we provide to our colleagues in the courts. And we’re proud of the people who do that work.

Blake is one of those people who seems to love wherever she happens to be—Roanoke, Va., where she grew up; Charlottesville, where she attended the University of Virginia; Florence, where she studied abroad; and Williamsburg, where she went to William & Mary Law School and now lives with her husband and three sons (an infant and seven-year-old twins). She also loves that her job allows her to delve into so many different areas, often in the same day. Read about the famous man she knocked out.


NCSC reading room


The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, a two-volume set, presents the latest multidisciplinary research on mindfulness. How can the theoretical principles of mindfulness be applied to various subjects and settings? International scholars discuss mindfulness across a range of domains, including leadership and organizational behavior, law, and medical practice. Two leading experts on mindfulness and the law, Leonard L. Riskin and Scott L. Rogers, discuss how mindfulness can be applied in the legal field for dispute resolution and development of a practice. This book is available from the NCSC Library.

What happens when a courthouse is rendered unusable following a man-made or natural disaster? This month’s Trends article discusses the special powers many states have granted to chief justices and court leadership to help courts meet these challenges.

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