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Court Leader's Advantage

68 EpisodesProduced by Peter C. KieferWebsite

Coming innovations, thought-provoking trends, questions that matter to the court community, these and more themes are covered by the Court Leader’s Advantage podcast series, a forum by court professionals for court professionals to share experiences and lessons learned.

68 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Courts and Ethics: Should the U.S. Supreme Court Adopt a Code of Conduct?

January 16th, 2023


January 17th, 2023, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Every state in our nation has a Judicial Code of Conduct. Every judge in each state is …

Courts and Inside Information: What Can and Should We Do with What We Learn at Work?

January 8th, 2023


September 22, 2022, A Question of Ethics Episode: A Conversation on Courts and Ethics

We are not stockbrokers or day traders, but in our role as …

Hiring Court Employees: Can Selection Criteria Be Objective?

December 19th, 2022


December 20th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Courts have committed to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion particularly in …

Court Rules and Procedures: Technological Innovation

November 28th, 2022


A Question of Ethics Conversation August 15, 2022, Episode

The COVID Pandemic brought the use of technology to the forefront of our conversation …

Courts and Confidence: Does the Public Look at Different Courts Differently?

November 14th, 2022


November 15th 2022, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The public’s perception of our courts continues to be a topic of concern and curiosity for court professionals. Last month we discussed finding of the …

Courts and Confidence: What Do We Know About How the Public Perceives the Courts?

October 17th, 2022


October 18, 2022 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

What do we know about how the public views our courts? We know that the public’s trust and confidence in courts has been slipping over the years. The 2021 …

Courts and Customers: What Do Court Users Have to Tell Us?

September 19th, 2022


September 20th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Obtaining customer feedback, obtaining usable feedback, obtaining enough of it to be able to rationally modify court programs, all of these are major hurdles. And …

Behavioral Health and the Courts: What Should You Be Doing Right Now?

August 9th, 2022


August 16, 2022, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

In this episode, we ask the question, “What should our courts be doing now?” This month we …

Where is Bail Reform Now? Drive for Reform and Push Back

July 18th, 2022


July 19th 2022 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Bail Reform has been praised as an effective way to correct a societal wrong. The movement's …

Online Dispute Resolution and Virtual Mediation: What Is Your Court Choosing?

June 20th, 2022


June 21st Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Online Dispute Resolution has been us in various forms since the 1990s, although it really became …

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Political Agendas and Affirmative Action

May 30th, 2022


A Question of Ethics Conversation May 2022

This episode of A Question of Ethics will continue to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and NACM’s commitment to helping provide equal justice. This session was …

Behavioral Health and the Young: Adolescents and The Mental Health Crisis

May 16th, 2022


May 17th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

This country’s mental health crisis is by no means limited to adults. We know that young people …

The Great Resignation: How Has It Affected the Courts?

April 18th, 2022


April 19th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

One unintended consequence of the COVID pandemic has been a phenomenon called “The Great Resignation.” Large numbers of American workers have either quit their jobs or …

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: What is the Court’s Duty?

April 9th, 2022


A Question of Ethics Conversation: Summer 2022 Edition of the Court Manager

NACM has made a commitment to the values of providing equal justice regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or identity, …

Mental Health and the Courts: The Collaborative Court and Community Effective Criminal Case Management

March 13th, 2022


March 15th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

In our last two episodes on mental health and the courts we talked about the fact that traditional criminal case management is not meeting the needs of the people we …

Work - Life Balance: What Does It Look Like in 2022?

February 14th, 2022


February 15th, 2022 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

We’ve been talking about work-life balance for decades. It is a perennial challenge. What has changed in these last two years is, of course, COVID. For the …

Mental Health and the Courts: The Crisis with Competency to Stand Trial

January 17th, 2022


Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

In November we started our discussion on how mental illness is impacting our …

After Two Years of COVID: What Do We Know Now About Courts, Safety, and Privacy? Question of Ethics: A Video Conversation on Courts and Ethics Winter 2021 Edition

December 24th, 2021


These last two turbulent years have brought into sharp relief the dynamic tension between a court’s duty to keep both employees and the public safe, …

The Voice of the Profession: Public Confidence in the Courts

December 20th, 2021


December 21st Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The preliminary results from NACM’s Voice of the Profession survey have revealed folks' number …

What We Know Now About Mental Health and the Courts: Grasping the Challenge

November 15th, 2021


November 16th Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The challenge of mental illness is impacting America nationwide. It impacts our states, our communities, our courts, and our entire justice system. The courts are …

The Battle Over Bail Reform: How 5 Courts are Coping with the Challenge

October 18th, 2021


Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The national movement to reduce or eliminate cash bail continues to spark heated discussion. Several states, including New Jersey and Alaska, have …

Defending Against Cyberattacks! What to Ask to Make Sure You are Safe

October 4th, 2021


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

A cyberattack is truly a different kind of threat, but that threat is real and …

Courts and Cyberattacks! It’s Not “If” – It’s “When”

September 20th, 2021


Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Threats from cyberattacks can be easily ignored by courts. There are many rationalizations:

“Our court is too small to worry about cyberattacks”

“We …

Judicial Performance Management: What is the World Thinking Now?

September 17th, 2021


IACA’s Global Conversation Podcast Summer 2021

Measuring judicial performance is a burning topic in many countries around the globe. How to balance …

Courts of Record, Judicial Selection, Should Everyone Get a Lawyer? What Can We Learn from Challenges Local Courts Face Every Day?

August 16th, 2021


Tuesday, August 17, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Local Courts can offer incredible opportunity for both defendants and for the community. They are positioned precisely at a point to curtail dangerous …

Examining Local Courts: Uncovering the Real Story

July 19th, 2021


Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Local Courts are the least analyzed components of the American court system. This is …

International Rule of Law Assignments: Asking Questions that Change Lives

June 14th, 2021


Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Long days of travel, strange hotels, and strange food. Yes, international assignments can include all of these. But it can also afford the opportunity to …

NACM’s International Committee: Are You Ready for the Adventure?

May 17th, 2021


Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

International work can be challenging. It can also be very rewarding. No matter what, it is an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life. Have …

What Is the Key to Effective Communication? Let’s Hear from You!

April 25th, 2021


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

This week we are continuing our April 20th conversation with our panel on what is …

What is The Key to Effective Communication? Particularly During the Pandemic

April 19th, 2021


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

It seems that at some point in every class the facilitator utters those words, “communication is key.” We all know however, that communication must be

What You Need to Know About Juvenile Detention and Placement Decision-Making and COVID

March 15th, 2021


Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

The Coronavirus has created a crisis in America’s jails and prisons. Many of these facilities have become COVID hotspots. Although sometimes overlooked, …

Telework: Is There A Secret to Effective Management?

February 17th, 2021


Thursday, February 18, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Episode

Back in October of 2019, for most courts, working remotely from home was a privilege granted to a small number of court employees. It seemed to be …

Local Courts: Their Complex Issues and How Are They Solving Them?

January 27th, 2021


Thursday, January 28, 2021, Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Bonus Episode

Welcome to a bonus episode on how local courts are facing and solving …

Local Courts: Their Complex Issues And How Are They Solving Them?

January 20th, 2021


Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast: January 2021 Episode

When we talk about the challenges confronting America’s judicial branch, we often focus on the …

The Courts and COVID: What's Been the Global Response?

December 29th, 2020


IACA’s Global Conversation Podcast, Thursday, December 31, 2020

Brought to You By the: International Association for Court Administration

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a scourge across the globe. It has also been …

Wildfires, Protests, and COVID: How Have Courts Coped with Compounding Crises? Part Two

December 16th, 2020


Thursday, December 17, 2020, Court Leader's Advantage Podcast Episode

Part two of a conversation with our panel of court administrators whose courts …

Wildfires, Protests, and COVID: How Have Courts Coped with Compounding Crises? Part One

November 23rd, 2020


Thursday, November 19, 2020, Podcast Episode

Unbelievably, the expression “we are living in unprecedented times” has become a cliché. Since early 2020, so much has happened to us, so quickly, and with so little warning …

Court Professionals and Protests: What Should You Be Thinking About Now? Bonus Episode from the July 2020 Podcast

November 17th, 2020


Our July Court Leader’s Advantage video podcast episode on courts and protest marches has garnered considerable interest. Over 300 viewers have …

Diversity and Inclusion: Why Is It Even More Important Now? Part Two

October 15th, 2020


For decades we court professionals have committed ourselves to the practice diversity and inclusion. We make this commitment to earn the public’s trust and confidence in our nation’s courts. This dedication is ongoing; …

Diversity and Inclusion: Why Is It Even More Important Now? Part One

September 17th, 2020


Over the last forty years, our nation’s courts have been committed to diversity and inclusion, in order to live up to the ideals of fairness and equality, and to build public trust and confidence. While we can point to …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, June 25, 2020 Episode:

June 24th, 2020


COOPs and the Coronavirus: The Lessons May Surprise You

Courts are now in the midst of reopening, yet the Coronavirus is still very much with us. Right now, the United States has had over 2.3 million confirmed cases …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, June 18, 2020 Episode:

June 17th, 2020


Your Court Restarting Trials? Here’s What Works

As courts are reopening, many have already held their first trials. Others are planning to start trials in the next month or two. Whether they are conducted in-courtroom, …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, June 11, 2020 Episode

June 10th, 2020


Budget Strategies: What Have We Learned from the Lockdown?

About three weeks ago, May 14, 2020, the financial crisis was looming, but the details were still vague. Since then several courts have been forced to begin …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode:

June 3rd, 2020


Courts and Protest! also Virtual Hearings: What Have We Learned After Three Months?

The events that have transpired since late February of this year defy classification.

· A pandemic the likes of which this country has …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, May 28, 2020 Episode:

May 28th, 2020


What Will the Courthouse of the Future Look Like?

As more courts reopen many practical problems are emerging. How to social distance in courthouses and courtrooms that are ill-equipped for this kind of crisis? What …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, May 21, 2020 Episode

May 20th, 2020


Ready to Reopen: What You Should Be Thinking About Now

Almost all states have reopened, yet the future is still uncertain as COVID cases continue to …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, May 14, 2020 Episode

May 13th, 2020


Budget Cuts: The Crisis in a Crisis 

As if the Coronavirus crisis was not enough, our country now faces the worst unemployment figures since the 1929 Great Depression. People not working means people unable to pay …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, May 7, 2020 Episode

May 6th, 2020


 Is It Time to Reopen?

It has been nearly two months since the President declared a national health emergency. Twenty-two states have reopened or partially reopened; another six have plans to reopen in the near future. …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, April 30, 2020 Episode

April 29th, 2020


Many jails and prisons across the country have now become coronavirus hotspots. For example, news reports about the infamous Rikers Island jail in New York estimate that 12 hundred inmates are infected and 10 have died. …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? Thursday, April 23, 2020 Episode

April 22nd, 2020


The Nation now moves to the end of its second month battling the pandemic. The infection rate has climbed into the hundreds of thousands; the death …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? April 16, 2020 Episode

April 15th, 2020


The Nation continues to face the desolation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The profound impact of this health calamity continues to bear down on …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? April 9, 2020 Episode

April 8th, 2020


The Coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate and confound the country.  It has been a mere ten weeks since the first case appeared in the United States. This week our panelists talk about communicating in the crisis. …

The Coronavirus: How are Courts Coping with the Crisis? April 2, 2020 Episode

April 1st, 2020


The scourge of the Coronavirus is a national emergency unlike anything we have seen in modern times. It is affecting all aspects of our lives and work. The virus is having a profound impact on how American courts are …

Can Courts Lead in Solving the Opioid Crisis?

March 16th, 2020


Over 10 million Americans misused opioids in 2018, which includes over 800,000 heroin users. In 2016, there were more than 64,000 overdose deaths in the United States; in 2017 overdose deaths jumped to over 70,000. This …

Is It Time for a Fresh Look at Cell Phones and Courts?

February 17th, 2020


For better or worse we can no longer live without our Smartphones. We use them to talk and text our friends; they keep our appointments, pictures, and business notes; they help us with research; they track of our …

Is Bail Reform Working? Charlotte’s Revealing Story

January 13th, 2020


It has been estimated that nationally, more than 60 percent of people in jail have not been convicted of a crime, they are awaiting trial. Almost 500,000 defendants are in jail pretrial because they cannot afford to …

Dealing with the Generations: What Do Good Managers Understand?

December 17th, 2019


Managing the multigenerational workplace is more demanding today than ever before. Why is it now such a challenge? One reason: we are living and …

Social Media and the Courts: How Do We Deal with This Growing Reality?

November 19th, 2019


Blogs and podcasts are a growing fixture on our social landscape. There are now more than 750,000 podcasts produced and over 48 million people a week listen to a podcast. Estimates are that billions of people worldwide …

What Generation X and Millennials are Saying About the Workplace: Three Perspectives

October 14th, 2019


The Pew Research Center estimates that right now there are more Millennials than Baby Boomers in America. By 2030 Millennials and Gen Zs will make up …

Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?

September 16th, 2019


Shooting incidents are becoming a scourge on the American landscape and courthouses are certainly not immune. An incident can last only seconds but the trauma to court staff and the unsuspecting public can live on and …

The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials

August 9th, 2019


From O.J. Simpson, to Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony, we have become used to the media targeting trials and turning them into spectacles. Many in the public see them as entertainment; often they become a lightning rod …

Held for Ransom: How Safe is Your Data?

July 15th, 2019


Ransomware attacks are running rampant throughout the nation. Atlanta, Georgia; Lake City, Florida; Albany, New York; and Del Rio, Texas have all been victims. Most recently the Georgia Administrative Office of the …

Is AI Already Here? The Answers May Startle You

June 24th, 2019


You may not be aware, but artificial intelligence (AI) has already established itself in our daily lives. From Amazon to Alexa, sophisticated algorithms affect much of what we do. The next ten years will see …

Blockchain: Is It Your Court's Future?

May 14th, 2019


“. . . we’ve been thinking a lot about the explosion of digital evidence. . . terabytes of audio-video footage from body-worn cameras, web cameras at every corner, video recordings from everyone’s smartphone devices . . …

Bonus Episode: When Might Blockchain Appear in Your Court

May 14th, 2019


“. . . [Blockchain records] could soon be used in a variety of innovative ways to resolve court record keeping challenges. At the same time, …

Alaska’s Earthquake: Its Surprising Lessons

April 15th, 2019


  Show Notes

On November 30, 2018, Anchorage, Alaska, suffered a magnitude 7.1 earthquake followed by thousands of aftershocks.  The quake was larger …

Artificial Intelligence: What You Need to Know Now

March 19th, 2019


Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has already brought us general business tools that courts can use to assist in automating work, analyzing documents, …

What Hurricane Florence Can Teach Us

March 19th, 2019


Last September, Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina's families, communities, and its trial courts.  Court administrators Ellen Hancox and …

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