2019 NAPCO | NCSC Leadership Conference

Developing Your Situational Leadership Skills: How Flexibility Leads to Success in Loosely-Coupled Courts

August 18-21, 2019 • Minneapolis, MN • Crowne Plaza Downtown Minneapolis


Continuing the tradition of an annual nationwide trial court leadership education forum, the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) and the National Center for State Court (NCSC) will present programs and workshops directed at improving leadership skills for top state and local trial court leaders and their management teams in Minneapolis, August 18-21, 2019.

The 3-day event, beginning Sunday evening and concluding Wednesday at noon, explores best practices in judicial and court administration, targets teambuilding among court leaders, and provides a variety of seminars and practicums addressing today’s problems and solutions in leading and managing the nation’s courts.

Registration Information

Registration is currently open. You need not be a NAPCO member to attend the Conference, although if you are a presiding or chief judge, the top court executive or administrator in your court, or a manager or judge involved in the leadership of a court, the annual cost to join NAPCO ($125/person) is nominal. Membership provides entrée to ongoing services and information from NAPCO and the National Center about court leadership activities and other court leadership team events.

Also, as NAPCO matures in its role as a source for national trial court leadership research and education, you and your court will be able to receive the latest in programs and knowledge about new initiatives, trainings, and useful techniques in leading courts. Information about NAPCO membership is available on this page.

Registration fees for the 2017 Conference include all education and social events.

  • $400 US per person when part of an attending judge/administrator trial court team
  • $450 US per person when NOT part of an attending judge/administrator team
  • $150 US per person for a spouse or guest

REGISTER for the Conference either online or by mail.

BOOK your HOTEL at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Minneapolis.

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Schedule of Events

Sunday begins with an early evening reception at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Conference and hotel registration is available on this page. The lodging rate is $149/night for single or double room accommodations. All educational activities will occur at the hotel. Attire is business casual. Minneapolis weather in August averages 75-80°F during the day and 60-65°F in the evening.

Monday is Leadership Academy Day. The theme is focused on Situational Leadership and what court leaders need to know and do in applying an adaptive style of leading. It is based on the premise that different situations call for different leadership approaches conditioned on the issues encountered and the changing circumstances that may occur. As such, it is especially suited to developing successful teams whether it’s a two-person presiding judge / court executive partnership or a larger task force, committee or working group of judges and managers charged with developing a special court or justice system initiative.

This strategy and Academy Day presentation will encourage court leaders to take stock of their environment, including the judges, court staff and justice system partners, weigh the many variables in the court and broader justice workplace, and choose the leadership style that best fits their goals and circumstances. It is quite useful in organizations such as courts, hospitals and universities where leadership styles must be flexible, and leaders cannot lead based on “positional power.”

Dr. Walt Natemeyer is the principal presenter and facilitator for this interactive day. Attendees will be presented with scenarios, examples and discussion opportunities throughout the day. He is an internationally recognized author, consultant and educator in situational leadership and teambuilding, and has taught management and leadership seminars at various universities and major organizations, including the Texas Center for the Judiciary.

Of special note on this the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing is the fact that Dr. Natemeyer served as Director of the NASA-Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) Management Development Program from 1976-1981. During his tenure at NASA, the space agency sent a series of solar system probes to Mars, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn, and launched Columbia, the first space shuttle, which proved the viability of re-using space shuttles (e.g. Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour), for multiple missions.

All those attending Academy Day will receive a copy of Dr. Natemeyer’s book, Developing High Performing Teams, and hardcopies of copyrighted survey materials and questionnaires on teambuilding for use in their home courts.

Throughout the day on Tuesday and during the morning on Wednesday, conferees will be able to attend an array of useful workshops. Some of the topics under development include Key Roles and Responsibilities for Trial Court Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers; The Family Justice Initiative: Keeping Pace with the Needs of Modern Families in the Nation’s Courts; Teambuilding among Elected Clerks of Court, Presiding Judges and Court Executives; Mindfulness and the Courts: Leading with Resilience in an Ever-Changing World; National Judicial Opioid Task Force Report on Court Responses; and What Court Leaders Need to Know and Do about Cyber Security. Further details regarding education programming will be completed over the next few months and will appear in detail on this website.

Conference enrollment is limited to 225-250 participants. Registration and lodging expenses have purposefully been kept low and may be facilitated through state Supreme Court Administrative Office budgets and individual trial court funds. (NAPCO works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators in synchronizing Conference details and NAPCO leadership initiatives with CCJ/COSCA projects and policies).

Exhibitor Registration and Schedule

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • 1:00 to 4:00 PM – Exhibitor setup
  • 4:30 to 6:00 PM – Exhibits open with Wine & Cheese Reception

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • 9:00AM to 2:00 PM – Exhibits open
  • 12:00PM – Lunch served in exhibit area