Publication note: my chapter in The Book of the States 2017 – Chief Justices as Leaders: Roles & Challenges

I have this in The Book of the States 2017.

Chief Justices as Leaders: Roles & Challenges

State chief justices are not only the leaders of an individual appellate court, but often exercise leadership and administrative authority over an entire state’s judicial branch. How far that authority goes and how individual chief justices exercise that leadership varies and may change depending on whether the chief justice is addressing leadership of their individual appellate court or as a leader in the justice system as a whole.

Publication Note: my article in Trends in State Courts on Maintaining Court Operations When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Powers

Given the current hurricane season, I recently wrote and published in Trends in State Courts a review of recent efforts, mostly by legislatures, to give courts more power to handle disasters.

Maintaining Court Operations When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Powers

What happens when a courthouse is rendered unusable following a man-made or natural disaster? Many states have started to grant special powers to chief justices and court leadership to help courts meet these challenges.

Call for Submissions: Trends in State Courts

Trends in State Courts is an annual, peer-reviewed publication that highlights innovative practices in critical areas that are of interest to courts, and often serves as a guide for developing new initiatives and programs, and informing and supporting policy decisions.

Trends in State Courts is the only publication of its kind and enjoys a wide circulation among the state court community. It is distributed in hard copy and electronically.

Submissions for the 2018 edition are now being accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words by October 13, 2017 to Deborah Smith at dsmith@ncsc.org. Abstracts received after this date are welcome and will be considered for later editions or for our monthly online version.

In addition to the Trends 2018 publication, we have monthly articles on our Trends website with a rolling submission process.

Suggested topics might include:

  • Opioid Crisis
  • Security (Judicial, Cybersecurity)
  • Rural Courts
  • Safety (Children, Elders, Community)
  • Human Trafficking
  • Pretrial Risk Assessment
  • Problem Solving Courts
  • Well Being
  • Other

Visit the Trends in State Courts website at www.ncsc.org/trends .

Nominate Gavel to Gavel for ABA Journal’s Web 100 of 2017; deadline 7/30/17!

Thanks to your support Gavel to Gavel the blog has been named one of the ABA Journal Top 100 Blawgs (law blogs) four of the last five years!

The ABA Journal is seeking nominations again this year starting today and running through Sunday, July 30, 2017.

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Publication note: my article in latest Judicature on guns in courthouses/courtrooms

I have this in the latest edition of Judicature.

Guns in court: States are easing restrictions on firearms in courthouses and courtrooms

The article looks at location bans (“courthouse”, “exclusive use”, etc.) and personnel exemptions (e.g. judges, law enforcement in general, law enforcement assigned to court security). It also examines the legislative efforts to expand courthouse/courtroom carry.