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Month: May 2022

Webinar: Knock, knock (NOT!). Who's there?

May 4th, 2022

The ramifications for law enforcement, the courts and the community when executing a “no-knock” warrant doesn’t go well

Hear about how several jurisdictions reformed their criminal warrant process to meet public safety, justice system and racial equity goals in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s and other high-profile cases. Court leaders will share how their efforts have led to changes in statutes, rules of court and law enforcement policies.


  • Judge Glenn Grant, Administrative Director of the New Jersey Courts
  • Laurie Givens, Administrator of the Kentucky Courts
  • Justice Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court

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Webinar: Fair Housing Overview for State Courts

May 9th, 2022

For over fifty years, the Fair Housing Act has protected individuals and families in the United States from housing discrimination. State court judges and subject matter experts at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will discuss fair housing protections, enforcement mechanisms, and implications for state courts.


  • Hon. Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
  • Hon. James Snyder, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Heather Nodler, Trial Attorney, Fair Housing Enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Kathleen Pennington, Assistant General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Elise Shore, Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Megan Whyte de Vasquez, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

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For more information, contact Samira Nazem.

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Webinar: What are we learning about remote hearings, part two - Guidance for post-pandemic remote hearings

May 12th, 2022

Last month, five NCSC experts distilled recent NCSC research on remote hearings. In our next webinar in this series, join leading experts across the states who will share insights into the development of policy, rules and operations around remote hearings.  We will hear from court leaders in Arizona, Maryland and Minnesota. The panelists will discuss how they are determining which hearings should be remote; ways to support virtual and hybrid proceedings from a technical perspective; how rules are being revised to accommodate; and many topics critical to the successful implementation of remote hearings.


  • Marcus Reinkensmeyer, Deputy Director, Administrative Office of the Courts, Arizona
  • Jeff Shorba, State Court Administrator, Minnesota
  • Jason Thomas, Chief Technology Officer, Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland

Moderator: David Slayton, Vice President, NCSC Court Consulting Services

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For more information, contact Jesse Rutledge.

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Webinar: What’s in your cyber COOP?

May 23rd, 2022

Join us for the 4th webinar in the JTC Cyber Monday series.  This webinar series has already covered types of cyber-attacks, cyber security basics for courts, and cyber insurance options.  This webinar will discuss the importance of COOP, especially in relation to cyber security.

The term “continuity of operations planning (or plans)” or “COOP” has become commonplace in court leadership. Continuity of operations, or business continuity, is essentially disaster preparedness and recovery. Anticipating and being ready to respond to business interruption is increasingly important to courts as continuous operations and accessibility relate to public perceptions and access. Courts are also increasingly reliant on technology, which is susceptible to interruption. The typical court COOP, covering natural disasters, courthouse violence, utility interruptions, etc. are often lacking clear guidance on cyber security issues.  When you participate in the May 23rd webinar, you will learn from court subject matter experts how a cyber-COOP may be formulated, what type of policy implications impact the judicial branch and how the NACM Core addresses COOP.

Panel Members:

  • Karl Heckart, Chief Information Officer, Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Pamela Harris, State Court Administrator, Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Tracy "T.J." BeMent, District Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial Administrative District of Georgia

Moderator: Kevin J. Bowling, Co-Chair Joint Technology Committee

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Webinar: Jury diversity and its role in promoting confidence in the court system

May 25th, 2022

blueprint logoOver 50 years ago, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall observed, “When any large and identifiable segment of the community is excluded from jury service… its exclusion deprives the jury of a perspective on human events that may have unsuspected importance in any case that may be presented.”  Join us for a conversation about jury diversity.  We will review behavioral science research on how a group’s composition affects its dynamics and performance, and will discuss the ways in which jury diversity adds to the deliberative process and bolsters confidence in our court system.


  • Prof. Samuel Sommers, Chair Department of Psychology, Tufts University
  • Prof. Valarie Hans, Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • William Snowden, Founder, The Juror Project

Moderator: Monica Milton, Public Defense Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

This is the first of five webinars in the Toolbox for Understanding and Solving the Diverse Jury Problem Webinar Series. Join us for the following sessions in June:

  • The path to a diverse jury panel, June 1
  • Criminal history exclusions and jury diversity, June 10
  • Implicit bias and juror decision making, June 17
  • Jury selection: Beyond intentional racial bias, June 30

This webinar series is presented by the Blueprint for Racial Justice Systemic Change Work Group.

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