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Tiny Chats are bite-sized annotated videos that touch on specific access to justice topics and court operations.

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Tiny Chat 110: Empathetic Management

Change is hard, and courts have been changing a lot lately. How can a court manager be proactive, responsive and also mindful of the added stressors and challenges this rapid adaptation can have on court staff?

Trish Kinlow doesn't have all the answers, but her "empathetic management" style is one to emulate. From Tukwila, WA, hear directly from Trish as she explains how she approaches her role as court administrator, and some of the innovative practices she has put into place.

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Tiny Chat 109: Applying for BJA Grant Funding

Do you like money for court programs? There is a new stream of funding—$750 million over five years—from the U.S Department of Justice for Byrne-SCIP in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Funding is allocated across the country via formula, and courts should both apply and be engaged in the advisory board process. Zach and Danielle are joined by Michelle Garcia, Deputy Director for Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice to explain all the details.

Byrne-SCIP FAQs: https://bja.ojp.gov/doc/byrne-scip-faq.pdf

Solicitation: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2023-171458

Webinar Materials: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/webinar/2022-2023-byrne-scip-presentation.pdf

Tiny Chat 108: Pandemic Procedural Changes Aren't Scary

Your court made lots of changes to adapt to the pandemic, everything from relaxing wet signature requirements to improved clear communication to modified calendaring practices. Change is often scary, but none of these changes should spook you. Introducing Lonni Summers, our terrific and totally not terrifying colleague, who drafted the Procedural Improvements Toolkit — which should be a go-to resource for anyone looking to embrace progress.

Follow along at home with our take on the Macbeth poem: Three Witches Take on Pandemic Procedural Improvement

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