Addressing the challenges of evidence management and virtual hearings during—and after—the pandemic

Sponsored session by Thomson Reuters

Join us at 1:45 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 8th to learn how a variety of courts in the US and Canada are implementing solutions to overcome the challenges the pandemic has put before the courts. What solutions and practices have they implemented? How have those solutions impacted their court operations, reduced their backlogs, and helped them continue their commitment to access to justice for their communities. We’ll even share a demo of a solution that is quickly making helping the courts to eliminate many of these challenges and will continue to do so even post-pandemic.   

David Jackson

Senior Director at Thomson Reuters

David Jackson is a Senior Director with Thomson Reuters, responsible for CaseLines Business Development, supporting courts, litigators and prosecutors to manage virtual hearings by preparing and delivering hearing files and presenting documentary and video evidence. CaseLines has been delivering virtual hearings since 2014 and is used by courts, prosecutors, lawyers and general counsel for criminal, civil, child and juvenile protection and tribunal cases in courts around the world and for all criminal cases in England and Wales.

Based in Washington D.C., David is a member of the Courts Advisory Committee of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute in the U.S. Previously he led the successful digitization of 40+ prosecutor offices and 78 criminal courts in England.

Previously, David had over 20 years experience, in practice leader and partner positions at McKinsey & Co., Ernst & Young and Fujitsu Services.

Kendall Smith

Business Development Manager at Thomson Reuters

Kendall has worked in the court and legal technologies industries for 25+ years with a focus on emerging new court and electronic filing solutions. She started her career as a litigation paralegal and, in 1995, joined LAWPlus, LLC, the company that developed one of the first e-filing systems in the U.S. and that was ultimately acquired by LexisNexis in the early 2000s. She managed strategy and sales for LexisNexis File & Serve until 2015. As a business development manager for Thomson Reuters Court Management Solutions, she now finds ways to help courts succeed in their modernization efforts, including virtual hearings and remote trials. Kendall has a B.A. degree from the University of Texas, is a certified litigation paralegal, certified e-discovery specialist and has completed various leadership programs at Harvard Business School and Babson College.

Kevin A. Williams, Sr.

Assistant Administrator of Courts for the Judicial Branch of the Virgin Islands

Kevin Anthony Williams, Sr. was born and raised on St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. Kevin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Alabama State University in 1995 and later obtain his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2000.

Mr. Williams immediately returned home after receiving his bachelor’s degree and entered the workforce as a Computer Support Technician, at the then Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands.  In six short years, Mr. Williams rose to the level of Director of Information Technology at the young age of 26. 

His success at the now Superior Court later led him to being tapped as the Deputy Administrative Director of Technology Services where he was instrumental in implementing public access to court cases, e-filing, on-line payment, live streaming of court cases and the first high-tech courtroom in the Virgin Islands.

Mr. Williams now serves as the Assistant Administrator of Courts for the entire Judicial Branch of the Virgin Islands with management responsibilities for Human Resources, Facility Management, and Information Technology.

Kevin Sr. is married to Major Wanda Williams and has three children Kezia (attending Tuskegee University as a sophomore), Kayla (attending Gannon University as a sophomore) and Kevin Jr. (attending George Mason University as a freshman).

Kevin strives to remain a part of the St. Croix community Participating in several non-profit organizations.  Kevin spends his time enjoying music and road cycling.

Hon. Michael Barrasse

HON. MICHAEL BARRASSE is in his  20th  year term as a Judge in the 45th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Prior to taking the bench President Judge Barrasse was elected three terms District Attorney for Lackawanna County.  He previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and senior trial Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia.  President Judge Barrasse received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law.

President Judge Barrasse has previously served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Hearing Panel, the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors and the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as chairperson for the Mental Health panel from the PA. Joint State Commission Advisory Committee on Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates and President, Pennsylvania Drug Court Professionals.  He is presently Chairman, Child Advocacy Center (12 years); Member of the Board of Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services (20 years); Northeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross (5 years); Salvation Army (14 years); and Member of the National Judicial College Center of Health and Justice National Judicial Leadership Systems Initiative National Expert Panel (The National Judicial College Center for Health and Justice.)

His present responsibilities include President Judge 45th Judicial District, Administration of the Criminal Docket and the handling of Treatment Courts (Adult, Family, D.U.I., Veterans and Co-occurring.)   He joined the faculty of the National Judicial College in 2003.  He also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Board on Adult Treatment Courts. President Judge Barrasse is presently on the Board of the National Drug Court; teaches for the National Drug Court, as well as on the National Drug Court Institute Veterans Curriculum Committee for 2010.  Judge Barrasse serves as the Judicial Outreach Liaison for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania DUI Oversight Committee and Member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Addiction Treatment Services. He also presides as a judge on the Court of Judicial Discipline of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which has jurisdiction over all judicial officers in Pennsylvania and must hear and decide formal charges filed against a judicial officer.

Recently, an inductee of the Stanley Goldstein, Drug Court Hall of Fame, which is denoted the highest honor in the Treatment Court field. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Trial Judges Award for Efficient Caseload Management (Golden Crow Bar Award); the 2006 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Public Service Award; the 2007 John J. Baldi award for excellences in program evaluation and review.  (This award promotes the enhancement and development of service and support for persons with mental disabilities).  He has also received the Women’s Resource Center Public Service Award.   

Mohan D. Sharma

Mohan is the Executive Legal Officer for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and has held this position since January of 2018. In this capacity, he heads up the legal, policy and administrative support available to the Executive of the Superior Court of Justice, and all judicial officers of the Court. Mohan was previously Senior Counsel in the Office of the Chief Justice, where his main area of responsibility was on civil justice initiatives.

Mohan has held other legal and policy positions. He was the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Counsel in Residence at the Law Commission of Ontario, served as the Project Director to the Civil Justice Reform Project led by the Honourable Coulter Osborne, and was Research Counsel to the Task Force on the Discovery Process in Ontario. He has also worked as Policy Counsel within Court Services Division, and as Advisory Counsel in Crown Law Office-Civil, both within the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Prior to joining government, Mohan was an Associate at WeirFoulds LLP and he articled at Scott & Aylen. He was called to the Bar in 1999 and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.