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
  • Check out the CONFERENCE AGENDA: PDF
  • Download the MOBILE APP

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.


  • Registration is available ONLINE
  • Alternatively, you can download a MAIL-IN registration form: PDF
  • Exhibitor information and registration are available here


The primary conference hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, is SOLD OUT, but you can still register at our overflow hotel, the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, for the special rate of $129/night.

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].”


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