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Court associations gearing up for busy conference season

Court associations gearing up for busy conference season

Virtual meetings have held the court community together for much of the past few years. But for the first time since 2019, all NCSC-supported court-related associations are hosting in-person conferences—starting next week.

While some groups have held in-person meetings, associations are gearing up for a busy summer full of learning and networking opportunities—away from the computer screen. Consider attending one or more of these conferences as a great way to further your own professional development and re-connect, in person, with colleagues.

“It’s been a difficult time for everyone,” said Kathy Griffin, president of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). “Our leadership has done a fantastic job putting together a conference agenda that will help us better understand how our leadership can advance justice by improving fairness and efficiency. I’m looking forward to many productive conversations that will inspire creative approaches to new and ongoing challenges facing courts today.”

In less than a week, Griffin and the National Association for Court Management will meet for its annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (July 10-14), focusing on the theme of “Courts Leading the Way in Advancing Justice: A Call to Action.” Many of the NACM sessions will be live-streamed, so those who are unable to attend can still benefit from many of the education programs. Registration information and the full conference agenda are on the NACM website.

Both the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC) meet starting July 31. The PIOs meet in Phoenix, while the appellate court clerks convene in Williamsburg, Virginia. For the PIOs, it will be their first in-person conference in three full years.

From August 21-24, the National Association of Presiding Judges and Court Executives (NAPCO) will meet in Anaheim, California, with a theme on “Overcoming Barriers to Change and Remaking Courts for a Better Future.”

The following week, the American Judges Association (AJA) hosts its first in-person annual meeting since 2019. It will run from August 28-31 in Philadelphia, with a conference theme centered on judicial independence.

Several other groups will host meetings later in the fall, including the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), October 23-26 in New Orleans, and the Conference of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA), in early December in Amelia Island, Florida.

In most instances, both members and non-members are welcome to participate in these conferences. Check with each association to confirm registration information, agendas and policies on attendance. A full list of NCSC’s association partners is on our website.

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