Who says innovation has to cost a bundle and take an age to roll out? In this session we spotlight low-cost, high-tech ideas that went from 0 to 60 in a hurry. Listen in and adapt one to your court. Recycling encouraged! This lightning round session will showcase several great technologies, including Arizona’s use of the PayNearMe platform, Michigan’s coffee shop user evaluation approach to improving user experience (UX), and utilizing existing teleservice/telehealth platforms to support behavioral health services. Learn both how to take advantage of existing platforms, and how to use low tech, personal approaches to gain insights. No matter the approach, the end game is to continue to find ways to better serve the public.
Angela Tripp is the Director of the Michigan Legal Help (MLH) Program, which is responsible for the statewide website for self-represented litigants (MichiganLegalHelp.org) and fifteen affiliated Self-Help Centers around the state. In 2018, over 1.2 million people visited the MLH website and over 96,000 people used its resources to complete legal forms. Ms. Tripp has led the development and growth of MLH from its inception in 2011. Prior to that, she was a staff and managing attorney in the Lansing office of Legal Services of South-Central Michigan. Ms. Tripp is also the Co-Director of the Michigan Poverty Law Program, the state support program in Michigan. Ms. Tripp holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.
Dave Byers is the Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Director of the Courts. He is responsible for an overseeing the operations of the Arizona Court system with over 10,000 employees and a total budget of $740M.The system also operates both juvenile and adult probation and 13 juvenile detention centers. Byers began his career with the court in 1978 as the first Director of the Foster Care Review Board. Before being appointed Administrative Director by the Arizona Supreme Court in 1992, Byers past positions included Director of the Program Services Division, Director of Adult and Juvenile Probation, and Deputy Director of the Arizona Supreme Court. Byers has also served as Chairman of the $34B Arizona State Retirement System; and is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona; Member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; member of the ABA Legal Education and Admissions Council; a member of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council; and the Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee. He is the Founder and first President of the National Association of Foster Care Reviewers, and Cofounder of the Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation. He served on, the Board of Directors, National Centers for State Courts, 2000-2001; President, Conference of State Court Administrators 2000-2001. In 2012, Byers was honored with the Gabe Zimmerman Leadership Award and received the 2013 Warren E. Burger Award. He is the recipient of the National Centers Distinguished Service Award, the Arizona Supreme Courts Distinguished Service Award, the State Bars award of Appreciation and was the Cedar Falls, Iowa, Man of the Year in 1970. B.A., Northern Iowa University Master’s degree, Arizona State University.
Richard Schwermer has been involved in all aspects of court administration for over 30 years. First as a state level trial court administrator, then as a legislative liaison and Assistant State Court Administrator, he retired as the Utah State Court Administrator in 2019.
From 1994 to 2016 he was responsible for representing the judiciary to the legislative and executive branches of government, including formulating positions on and determining fiscal impact of all legislation pertaining to the judiciary, and reviewing and drafting court related legislation.
Mr. Schwermer is committed to translating research into effective evidence-based practices in a variety of contexts, including court case management, behavioral health issues in the courts, pre-trial reform, and problem-solving courts.
He now serves as a consultant and faculty for the National Center for State Courts and for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
He earned a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Juris Doctorate from the SJ Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah.
Di Graski is grateful to be celebrating her eleventh anniversary working with the National Center for State Courts’ Technology Division. She is an attorney licensed in Colorado and a certified Project Management Professional, and she is keenly interested in staying abreast of emerging technologies and considering their potential impacts on the judicial branch and the rule of law. She has published articles on Blockchain, automated data identification in case filings, and automated enforcement of data-access rules.