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NCMC and NACM to hold Joint Conference in Scottsdale AZ July 2014

Representatives of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC) and the National Association for Court Management (NACM) met for the second time in the last six months at the NACM Annual Conference in San Antonio to further discuss developing a closer relationship between the two organizations.  NCMC representatives included Judge Dennis Smith, Jack Clarke and…

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

Published: May 7, 2013 | Pew Research Center, Criminal Justice Trends Pace of Decline Slows in Past Decade National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government…

Divorce and the Great Recession

Published May 2012 | Pew Research Center on Demographic Trends The Great Recession’s impact on families, wealth, children, young adults, older Americans and other realms of life raises intriguing questions.  There’s been a recent surge of interest in its affect on divorce and whether and how the poor economy has an impact on marriage dissolution…

Los Angeles Superior Court Searches for a New Executive Officer

Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Officer John (Jack) A. Clarke recently announced his retirement effective March 31, 2013, culminating a very productive and active 18 year career with the court.  Previously, Mr. Clarke served as the Trial Court Executive for the Superior Court in Essex Vicinage (Greater Newark) New Jersey, that state’s largest court. The…

National Conference Leadership Explores Closer Affiliation with NACM

At the 2013 Mid-Year Conference of the National Association for Court Management (NACM), leaders of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC) met with NACM Board Members to discuss a closer relationship between the two groups.  It is envisioned that such a collaboration would help to re-invigorate membership in both organizations, jointly strengthen educational programming,…

Novel Leadership Coaching/Mentoring Program is in the Works

The National Conference of Metropolitan Courts has obtained a small State Justice Institute grant to conduct a experimental six-month, telephonic, confidential group mentoring and coaching program for relatively new presiding and chief judges and judges who have been identified as “on a presiding judge leadership track” in multi-judge courts.  The program is open to state…