eCourts 2022 to focus on “The Great Shift”
After going virtual in 2020—a casualty of the pandemic—NCSC is readying for the in-person return of one of its signature technology conferences, eCourts, later this year. The biennial conference will take place December 5 to 7 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Registration opened last week.
This year’s conference is themed around “The Great Shift,” a reflection of the wholesale changes in business processes, public expectations, and court technology since the last in-person conference in 2018. From paper to digital, from in-person to virtual, and from office to remote, “Great Shifts” are everywhere across the court community.
“Did anything happen the last few years?” quipped Jesse Rutledge, NCSC vice president for External Affairs. “Such truly monumental changes in everything we do, every way we work, are setting up for a fantastic conference.”
Rutledge also noted that NCSC’s internal market research sets an expectation for a sell-out event. He said that data gathered in March showed that only a handful of previous conference attendees said they would stay home, with more than 95% saying they were hoping to attend in person, time and resources permitting.
While the full agenda has yet to be released, those considering attending should expect a full slate of programming, including sessions on remote and hybrid hearings; cybersecurity; courthouse design; data standards; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The conference also features dedicated time for conference sponsors to speak directly to attendees in sponsored program sessions, as well as in the exhibit hall with displays and presentations from dozens of court technology solutions providers.
Registration is now open, and those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as they can. A paid live stream option will be available closer to the conference dates.
Baylor University’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute named 2022 Sandra Day O’Connor Award recipient
The iEngage Summer Civics Institute at Baylor University has been named the 2022 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education.
This annual award honors an organization, court, program, or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system.
Founded in 2013, the Baylor iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a free, five-day civics camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
The 2022 award marks the 12th year NCSC has presented the O’Connor Award to honor the retired justice’s longstanding commitment to improving civics education. Following her service on the bench, Justice O’Connor became a tireless advocate of civics education and founded the iCivics program to inspire students to become active in their communities.