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Track 2: Preservation and Disposition Policy Panel

Tuesday, September 22, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Auditorium 2

Presenters: Nial Raaen, Marcus Reinkensmeyer, Ron Bowmaster

Track: Managing Electronic Records

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Although the adoption of electronic records systems has changed the way we do business in the courts, judicial-branch policies and practices have not always kept pace with the rapid technological change. In particular, courts are facing new challenges in managing the disposition and preservation of their growing collections of electronic records. This interactive session will explore those issues, focusing on areas where court managers can develop new policies and practices to effectively manage these digital assets. The presenters will address best practices, guiding principles developed by COSCA, and practical examples of how the Utah and Arizona courts have approached the systematic preservation and disposition of case records. 

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About the Presenters

Nial Raaen

Nial Raaen is a principal court management consultant for the National Center for State Courts with over 35 years professional experience in the judiciary, where he has served as a probation officer, magistrate, and court administrator. He has had direct experience managing court record systems and policies as a clerk of court and director of court services for the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition to serving as a consultant and trainer on numerous projects in the United States, his international experience includes rule-of-law and judicial reform projects in the Balkans, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  Mr. Raaen is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a graduate fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He holds master's degrees in public administration and social work from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Records Manager. 

Marcus Reinkensmeyer

Marcus Reinkensmeyer is the court services director for the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts.  Previously, he served as court administrator, chief deputy administrator, and CIO for the superior court in Maricopa County (Arizona) and as assistant AOC director (court services), court administrator (17th Circuit), and assistant superintendent of detention and probation officers in Illinois. He is past president of NACM and ACA, past editor of the Court Manager, and a past member of the executive/editorial boards for the International Association for Court Administration. He holds a BFA from Michigan State University and MPA from Northern Illinois University and is an ICM Graduate Fellow. He has received the Warren E. Burger Award, Ernest C. Friesen Award, Arizona Supreme Court’s Distinguished Service Award, and ICM Award of Merit.

Ron Bowmaster

Ron Bowmaster has served as the director of the Information Technology Division for Utah’s Administrative Office of the Courts since 2005. In this role, he manages the development, installation, and operation of the court’s information systems and applications for Utah’s unified court system. Before coming to Utah, Mr. Bowmaster served as the project manager for the development of Nebraska’s district and county court systems and Nebraska’s child support enforcement.  In addition, he served as the project manager for the development of other state computing services that are delivered through Nebraska’s 93 courthouses.  These services included motor vehicle title and registration and voter registration systems. He is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and did his graduate work at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  He is a member of the Court Information Technology Officers Consortium (CITOC) and has served as past chairman of the Oasis LegalXML Technical Committee.