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Some Judges Reconsidering Use of Comfort Dogs in Court

The state Legislature gives judges discretion to approve a person’s request to bring a comforting item to the witness box. Some children choose a blanket or their favorite toy. Others are accompanied by another person. In the past five to seven years, service dogs have risen in popularity because of studies that show they relieve anxiety in people.

2019 NAPCO | NCSC Leadership Conference

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.

Employee Engagement Sparks Court Culture Change in Cleveland’s Common Pleas Court

Judge John J. Russo is the presiding judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland. During his five years as the presiding judge, he has developed a passion for employee engagement, and he believes court leaders should have an open-door policy that invites input from all employees, not just from judges and court administrators. Listen to Judge Russo talk about how he has changed the court’s culture and runs his court like it’s a Fortune 500 company.

2019 Trial Court Leadership Conference set for Minneapolis at New Hotel Location

The Conference dates are Sunday August 18 to Wednesday, August 21. The hotel site was recently changed due to contractual problems. The new location is the Crowne Plaza Downtown Minneapolis located at 618 Second Avenue South in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The room rate is $149/night for double or single occupancy. Save the date! Early Conference registration begins on April 1.

National Judicial Outreach Week: March 1-10

Each year, NAPCO has supported the American Bar Association’s National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW) that encourages judges – and court leaders – to dedicate time to foster a greater understanding in their communities about courts and their important function in our democratic system of justice. The theme this year, as in the past, is the same: “Preserving the Rule of Law.”

NAPCO Conference Evaluations Confirm Productive Pair Emphasis is on Target

As a new trial court leadership / improvement organization on the national scene, NAPCO’s first three annual conferences – Cleveland (2016), Phoenix (2017), and St. Louis (2018) – appear to be well received based on assessments by presiding judges, court executives, and others who’ve attended. Overall, each of these events were ranked “good to excellent” by 96% or more of those completing an internet evaluation after each conference.