2018 Trial Court Leadership Conference

The Trial Court Leadership Conference will be held October 14-17, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Get the flyer: PDF.

THEME: “Launching and Leading Turnarounds to Shape & Renew Courts”

This three-day conference features team and competency skills building for local and state court leaders, and a series of workshops on current and emerging issues impacting courts. Leadership judges and court administrators are encouraged to attend as teams. Judges and administrators attending on their own are also welcome.

Included among the topics to be presented are:

  • The Art and Science of “Leading Leaders” through the Power of Negotiation;
  • Managing with Caseload Analytics through the Rise and Fall of Caseloads;
  • Improving the Justice System Response to Mental Illness;
  • After Ferguson: A Case for Minimum Operating Standards for Limited Jurisdiction Courts;
  • CEO’s as Strategic Advisors: Why Should the Boss (PJs) Listen to You?;
  • Does Tenure and Selection Method for PJs Impact Trial Court Management and Direction?;
  • Dealing Responsibly with Hurricane Harvey (Weinstein) and the #Me Too Crisis;
  • Limited License Legal Technicians for the Lawyerless; Succession Planning for PJs and CEOs; and
  • Jailed for Being Too Poor: The National Task Force Report on Fines, Fees, Bail Reform.



The 2018 NAPCO Conference to be held in St. Louis, October 14-17, 2018. More information is available here.

  • Registration is available ONLINE
  • Alternatively, you can download a MAIL-IN registration form: PDF


Book your room online at the Ritz Carlton Hotel or call the hotel at 1-800-960-7056 to speak with a reservations agent. Be sure to mention that you are with the NAPCO 2018 Annual Conference.

Hon. Jeffrey D. Thompson, District Judge, Winona, Minnesota, says this about the 2017 conference:

“The 2017 NAPCO Conference had panels on Coordinating Councils, District Executive Committees and Productive Pairs. There were presentations and table exercises about issues in leading loosely coupled organizations.  We heard from leadership at [ASU’s] Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and the Scottsdale Branch of the Mayo Clinic.  It seems to me the key to successful government of loosely coupled organizations is communication and the leadership hard work of building consensus. This group [NAPCO] deserves our support.  Full advantage of this opportunity should be taken [by the Minnesota Judicial Branch].”