MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021
9:30am – 10:00 am Welcome: Greg Lambard, MAACM President
Opening Remarks: Chief Justice Stuart Rabner
10:00 am – 11:15am Keynote: How's Your Pandemic Going? Resilience and Strategies for Thriving (Shaun Floerke)
We had hard jobs working with really challenging constraints and dynamics ... and then 2020 happened. Let's take a look at how we respond to stress, challenge and trauma and how we are impacted by our work and times. But, let's also explore and take up strategies for practicing resilience in order to be healthy, engaged, effective and happy. Difficult isn't going away, but we can lean into the challenge for thriving. As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
Shaun Floerke served as a district court judge in Duluth Minnesota for seventeen years. He founded a Safe Babies Court; SBIRT for first offense DWIs; a nationally recognized Domestic Violence Restorative Court; and a DWI Court that became one of four national academy courts for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He traveled extensively nationally and beyond teaching system professionals and community members how to understand trauma, how to do better on behalf of people, and how to take care of themselves and their teams amidst our difficult work. He retired on January 8, 2021, took a weekend off, and started as President and CEO of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. He is passionate about action in our communities that make a real difference and always moving in respect, dignity, and hope.
11:30pm – Noon Business Meeting, Neufeld Award, slate of officers (Swearing-In of Officers 10/7/2021)
1:00 pm – 2:00pm Is it Because I’m Black?
African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. In 2014, Maryland led all states with blacks being 72% of all persons sent to jail. This is especially troubling when African Americans only make up ~30% of Marylanders. Brown, poor, and LGBTQ persons do not measure much better, and are more likely to be sent to jail than their white counterparts. How do judges play a part in these disparities? What are judges missing? What biases underly our self-proclaimed equal treatment of defendants? More importantly, how do we get better and minimize the disparity in the courtroom?
Zuberi Bakari Williams is on a mission to inspire, empower, and provide opportunities for young people of color, women, and different sexual orientations to make the heart of the judicial system better and fairer. At the age of 36, he became one of the youngest judges in Maryland history and has not slowed down one bit.
Since taking the bench, he has racked up a litany of state and national awards, including the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Under 40, the Maryland Daily Record's VIP List of Most successful by 40, the Leadership Center of Excellence’s Top 40 Under 40 trailblazers in the DC Metro Area, and was recognized as a Top Leader in the Law in the State of Maryland.
Judge Williams writes like he’s running out of time because he preaches that “scholarship is just as important as perseverance and uplift in the struggle for justice and equality in America.” In the past two years his pace has quickened, as he has authored and/or contributed to over a dozen scholarly articles, including law reviews, the ABA articles, and other legal periodicals.
Judge Williams is probably most known by law students for offering one of the most competitive and intense bootcamp summer internships in the nation. There, he trains law students in the practice of law, developing their scholarship writing and, hopeful, how to change the world. He has singlehandedly partnered with Microsoft, Facebook, Discovery Channel, and UnderArmour, to allow his interns to walk in and have authentic conversations with legal decision makers regarding how to get a job and what excellence looks like to them.
Judge Williams earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas Christian University (TCU) and received his JD/MBA joint degree from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) and Kogod School of Business, respectively. He served as a judicial law clerk to both Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, Eastern District of Virginia.
He was an Attorney at Venable LLP and was an Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021
Noon – 1:00pm: Maintaining Resiliency in the Face of Change
We will explore the importance of resiliency in times of change. The theme of the workshop centers on using resiliency as a gateway to be able to face, overcome and become personally strengthened by challenges created by constant changes in the workplace. Topic discussion will include practicing/building resiliency level, how to remain resilient when change happens, and characteristics of resilience. The workshop will close with scenarios focusing on resilient behaviors versus non-resilient behaviors.
Amanda S. Cinquini serves as the Training and Volunteer Coordinator for the New Jersey Judiciary Burlington Vicinage. Amanda began her career with the judiciary as an Administrative Specialist 4, Drug Court Coordinator, for the Mercer Vicinage in 2015 and then served as the Drug Court Coordinator for the Burlington Vicinage. She was promoted to Court Services Supervisor 2 for the Burlington Vicinage Family Division in 2018. Amanda is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University.
Dominique Brooks serves as the Atlantic and Cape May County Vicinage Training Coordinator. He holds 8 years of experience working in Probation (specifically Child Support Enforcement) and 1 ½ years of Criminal Division experience as a Court Services Officer for Pretrial Services.
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Apps to Boost Personal & Professional Productivity
We’re constantly being asked to do more with less. Luckily, technology is advancing in multiple ways to help us get organized and efficient, all while being more communicative, collaborative and connected. In this session, we will share a legion of ready to-go apps to help you get rid of manual processes, automate your workflows and see a measurable difference in the way you manage your life and work time.
Tara Thomas – Tech Marketing Strategist, Co-founder and CEO of The Meeting Pool
Tara is a proponent of all things marketing, including strategy, product, branding, events,
social media, public relations, communications, and operations. Her background in
technology applications and online services spans a broad set of areas including SaaS,
B2B, enterprise, financial services, publishing, real estate, and automotive markets. She
has over 20 years of expertise managing strategic programs for companies focused on
technology including The Television Bureau, Oracle, 3Com, Visa, RightWorks, IPIX,
Certain Software and The Cobalt Group.
Most recently, during the move to virtual events, The Meeting Pool team helped clients produce over 220 virtual and hybrid events on a variety of technology platforms.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021
9:00am – 10:00am: Emotional Quotient meets Race Quotient – Emotional Intelligence and Race
As James Baldwin said, “Because I love you, I must make you conscious of all that you do not see.” Merging Emotional Quotient with Racial Quotient helps us build valuable connections with our staff and court users. Racism is emotional and emotions are the basis of everything in life. The challenges are the emotional aspects of racism. We will explore how Emotional Intelligence can help build the path to understand and build a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our future is routed in justice for all the communities we serve.
Kimberly Locker, JD is the Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Officer for the Superior Court of New Jersey in the Hudson vicinage. She has taken her passion for education and adult learning and applied it in her career in the private sector and for the last 15 years with the New Jersey judiciary. Kimberly has facilitated and designed courses that focus upon empowerment and career success. Many of her courses emphasize leadership, race & equity, quality customer service and the power of communication to achieve success.
Ellen Procida is an Ombudsman/Community Liaison in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic and Cape May Counties. She has worked in various roles throughout her 25 years with the courts including probation officer, team leader, and training coordinator. Throughout her career, Ellen has focused on developing relationships with diverse court users, community partners, and co-workers through awareness and understanding. She earned her master’s degree in Human Resources and Training Development from Seton Hall University and her Master Trainer Certificate from the Association for Talent Development.
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Building a Self-Sustaining Workplace
The challenges of today’s fast-paced and often unpredictable environment require the court’s workforce to re-adjust, adapt and even thrive at lightning speeds. The importance of what we do mandates it; and so we turn to our workforce and rely upon our employees to once again shift mid-step to serve justice. These high expectations can be achieved for those managers who have built a self-sustaining workforce. Employees are ready and capable to solve problems and partner with their supervisors to meet the challenges of the day. This workshop identifies the key elements required for managers to build a self-sustaining workforce. Participants will also find the essentials of inspiring leadership; because building the workforce creates a foundation, while inspirational leadership breathes sustaining life into the process.
Nina Thomas retired from her position as Court Executive with the Superior Court of New Jersey with more than 37 years of experience spanning a variety of roles in the judiciary, including experience in the Civil, Criminal, Municipal and Human Resources Divisions. Throughout her tenure, she has developed and implemented programs, and ultimately facilitated education and development sessions in court vision and values, caseflow management, statistics and analytical planning, complementary dispute resolution, mediation skills, team building, communications, professional development and more. Ms. Thomas served as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Judiciary's Civil Division Education Sub-Committee, and Chair to the Administrative Council’s Education and Training Committee’s Professional Development Working Group. She has presented the ICM Education and Training course New Jersey and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM). Ms. Thomas is a contributing writer to two NACM Guides: Adult Guardianship Monitoring and The Core in Practice as well as the Purposes and Responsibilities online video for NACM. She is also a former member of the MAACM Advisory Board. Ms. Thomas continues active membership in both associations.
Theresa Corson received a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph’s University in 1994 and J.D. from Widener University in 1997. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald Gaydos, J.S.C. and the Honorable Victor Friedman, J.S.C. in Burlington County. Thereafter, she practiced plaintiff’s personal injury, medical malpractice, and mass torts law with two law firms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2012, Ms. Corson became employed with the New Jersey Judiciary as a Court Services Supervisor in the Burlington Civil Division, leading teams in Special Civil Part, General Equity and Law Division case management. In February 2021, she became the Burlington Vicinage Civil Division Manager. Since joining the judiciary, Ms. Corson has developed trainings and served as trainer for Law Clerk and Volunteer Settlement Skills Training, eCourts Motion Processing, Share Our Civil Knowledge (S.O.C.K.) Training, and Mini Civil Core Curriculum Webinar.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
9:00am – 10:00am: Communicate During Difficult Times-A Look at Transparency
Communicate During Difficult Times-A Look at Transparency
Transparency is open and honest communication. Transparency affects trust. This training covers effective two-way communication along with exploring what transparency can add to the workplace culture.
Marcy L. Curth has served as a manager in Educational and Human Resource settings. Her specific interest is in advancing an evidence-based approach in the development of civility that promotes healthy and productive interactions at the workplace. Prior to coming to the Human Resource Department of the County of Chester where she serves as Learning and Development Professional, she has served as a Lead Team Captain for Pa Cyber Charter School, a Certified ICF Executive Coach, a teacher of Spanish and Algebra for both private and public schools, and a Regional Nutrition Manager for NutriSystem along with serving as a Clinical Nutritionist for private and public hospitals. She is a graduate of Franciscan University with a Master’s of Science in Education and Technology and Slippery Rock University with a degree in Education and Clinical Nutrition from Rochester Institute of Technology.
10:15am – 10:45am: Business Meeting / Swearing-In of Officers
11:00am - Noon: Endnote: Being Human in the Age of Digital Innovation (Jeff Butler)
Digital innovation not only changes corporations but also who we are as humans. Technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, swiftly collapsing industries that took decades to build. As cutting-edge technology seems to update every day, questions arise such as: How will this evolution change the way we humans work? What does this mean for the next generation? The reality is that every industry will be affected just as any other.
In his presentation, Jeff Butler unravels which technological changes to anticipate (such as autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and artificial intelligence) and how their integration impacts the workforce, not only from a business perspective but sociological, psychological, and existential as well. How might this wave of change affect industries—and us as the people that work for them—faster than experts originally anticipated? While inevitable, one of the most important things that people can do now is learn where the tide is coming from… and be prepared for its impact. Jeff’s timely presentation will help guide and navigate conference attendees through this meteoric challenge called “technology change”!
Jeff Butler is the author of two provocative books - The Authentic Workplace and The Key To The New You; and CEO of JButler International. Having written over 100 articles on workplace dynamics, his insights have been featured in dozens of media outlets such as Forbes and HR News. In addition, he has appeared on TEDx in both 2016 and 2017 with both talks focusing on psychology. Before Jeff founded his workplace consulting company, he spent almost a decade in Silicon Valley working as a Software Engineer which is where his initial interest in organization psychology began to develop. Since then, he has personally addressed over 100 organizations internationally on workplace dynamics issues such as Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Wells Fargo. He lives in Boston, MA with his family.