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HOT TOPIC: Using Technology to Implement Civil Reform

Thursday, September 24, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Location: Auditorium 1

Presenters: Dr. Tom Clarke, Hon. Jennifer Bailey, Laurie Dudgeon, Snorri Ogata

Track: Tools for the 21st-Century Judge

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Courts are rapidly losing their civil caseload because of cost, delay, and growing competition.  Technology can help courts improve their civil practice in multiple ways.  Systematically automating business rules that speed up cases is one approach.  Automating case-triage algorithms is another, more innovative strategy.  Bringing online dispute resolution capacities in house is yet another.  Hear how court leaders propose to do this. 

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About the Presenters

Dr. Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke has worked in federal and state government positions for the last 20 years as a researcher, applied statistician, and technology manager.  He also has academic and international justice-consulting experience.  For the last nine years, Mr. Clarke worked in the court community as a researcher, state court CIO, and now as the Research and Technology vice president at the National Center for State Courts.  In recent years, he has represented the courts on several national technical standards committees and on Washington State IT governance and architecture committees.  He has a strong interest in the use of open national standards, enterprise architecture, and service-oriented architectures and their contribution to the solution of significant justice business problems.

Hon. Jennifer Bailey

Judge Jennifer D. Bailey has been a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida, for over 22 years.  She is the administrative judge for the Civil Division and handles complex business litigation cases.  Judge Bailey currently serves as a member of the Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) national task force created by the Conference of Chief Justices to evaluate and recommend best practices to reduce cost and delay in state civil courts and chairs the CJI Court Operations subcommittee.  For two decades, Judge Bailey has served as faculty for Florida’s Judicial College program for new judges, the College of Advanced Judicial Studies, and the Conference of Circuit Court Judges.  She is a magna cum laude double graduate of the University of Georgia. 

Laurie Dudgeon

Ms. Dudgeon administers the $387 million Judicial Branch budget, monitors legislation related to the courts, and works with county, state and national officials on issues affecting the Kentucky court system. She also provides administrative support to Kentucky’s 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. Ms. Dudgeon has streamlined the AOC’s organizational structure and maintained a balanced Judicial Branch budget during the state’s financial crisis. She relocated the AOC’s office building in Frankfort to save costs and is leading efforts to implement eFiling in the state court system. Dudgeon holds a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Kentucky.

Snorri Ogata

Snorri Ogata is the chief information officer (CIO) for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he is responsible for overall information technology efforts in support of 530 judicial officers, 4,500 employees, and 40 locations. He joined the court as CIO in January 2014. Most recently, Mr. Ogata was the CIO for the Orange County (California) Superior Court and has over 30 years of IT experience in a variety of industries.  He is an active member of the Court Information Technology Officer Consortium (CITOC) and is the current chair of California Court CIO group.