Through an SJI grant, a Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force was created in December 2014, to help courts better prepare for the complex legal issues that public health crises present. Two years later, a report and guide by the National Center for State Courts entitled “Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operations Guidebook for State Judges and Court Administrators” was published.
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has started a two-year pilot project that licenses a small group of nonlawyers to give limited legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence. The individuals will be known as licensed legal advocates and trained to provide legal advice on topics including protective orders, divorce, child custody, consumer protection and housing, according to a Monday news release.
If you are like me, you sometimes see things in the news or social media that make you wonder where time has gone. For instance, it is now 2020 and our concerns about Y2K and the new millennium was 20 years ago. To put that into perspective, 20 years before Y2K, we were coming to the end of the Iranian hostage crisis and Ronald Reagan was about to become president. The good thing about time is that we never stop growing or learning. I think that is one of the great things about the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers; it is an organization designed to let us learn from each other. We are joined in our mutual desire to provide our cities, states, and nation with the best judicial system we can offer.