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Track 1: The Impact of Judicial Tools on IT

Wednesday, September 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Auditorium 1

Presenters: Jean Bousquet, Ron Bowmaster, Pat Brooks

Track: Tools for the 21st-Century Judge

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IT departments face new demands as 21st-century judges begin their migration to manage cases and work flows electronically on and off the bench.  These judges require a different set of tools than traditional case management systems offer, and the stakes are raised for IT departments to deliver solutions that are intuitive, robust, and reliable.  Judges cannot preside over a case without access to the file, documents, notes, and other tools.  How does IT plan for this new demand, and what are the implications for long-term support and maintenance?  Providing a comprehensive set of judicial tools can be accomplished with vendor-provided systems or developed in-house, but both will require long-term support to advance through the Judicial Tools maturity model.  In this session you will hear firsthand lessons learned from three state CIOs on how they implemented tools for trial and appellate court judges. 

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About the Presenters

Jean Bousquet

Jean Bousquet has served as the chief information officer for the Wisconsin Court System for the past 17 years.  She manages the development, implementation, and support of the court’s information technology systems and custom application development for the circuit and appellate courts, as well as all administrative offices of the Wisconsin Court System.  Ms. Bousquet’s information technology background is primarily in leading the development of custom software applications, data-sharing solutions, and management of professional staff in all aspects of information technology.  Working in close collaboration with judges, clerks of court, attorneys, and the public, she is responsible for establishing strategies and direction for information technology.  During her tenure at the Wisconsin courts, she has managed the development and implementation of many successful client-server and web-based systems used throughout the Wisconsin Court System.  She serves as a member of the Judicial Tools Workgroup for the Joint Technology Committee and has implemented a judicial dashboard for judges in the state of Wisconsin. 

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.  

Pat Brooks

Patrick (Pat) Brook is the director, Information Technology Services (ITS) Division, of the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, where he is responsible for the Missouri Judiciary’s overall information technology efforts. Mr. Brook has worked in the Missouri Judiciary technology division since 1996 and became the director in June 2012.  He is also the co-chair of the NIEM NBAC (NIEM Business Architecture Committee), which is responsible for establishing national standards for governmental data exchanges.