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- $40K In Cash & Prizes
- Challenge Sets
- Finals Judges
CourtHack is presented by the National Center for State Courts and HackerNest.
Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23, 2017
Venue: New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
- Flights, accommodations, and a cool $1000 for 2 members of a winning team for an intense week in San Francisco to work on your projects with One Legal in July 2017
- Flights and accommodations for an entire team to demo at the NCSC's enormous Court Technology Conference in Salt Lake City, September 12-14, 2017
- Dinner with the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
- Lunch with the New Jersey Courts Administrator and Chief Information Officer
Runners Up (x4)
Six Challenge Sets have been identified after much consultation with court stakeholders and partners:
- Create Fines, Fees and Bail tools to facilitate access to justice, fairness, transparency, and accountability.
- Reducing Default Judgments caused by lack of information for court users.
- Improving Customer Experience, with a focus on self-represented litigants.
- Translating Legalese to Folksonomy.
- Support for Kids and Parents Involved in the Judicial System.
- The Wild Card, housing projects that don't quite fit into any other Challenge Set.
Kevin Bowling – JD, MSJA
Kevin J. Bowling is the Trial Court Administrator and Attorney Referee for the 20 th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court in Ottawa County, Michigan. He is a Past President of the National Association for Court Management, Co-Chair of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee, and Chairman of the DOJ Global Advisory Committee. His work in the judicial system spans 38 years with time spent as a court manager, attorney, judicial educator and court consultant, including service in western Africa as Deputy Chief of Party for the Nigeria Justice Sector Assistance Project. Mr. Bowling also served for 20 years in a variety of positions with the Michigan Supreme Court, including State Judicial Educator and Regional Court Administrator. Additional Court experience includes internships with the Denver Juvenile Court and the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Amy Ceraso – Director of IT for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
Amy J. Ceraso, Esq. is the Director of Information Technology for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). Ms. Ceraso holds a bachelor's degree from Simmons College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Ms. Ceraso served as an Allocatur Clerk to Justice Stephen A. Zappala of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She was hired by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in 1987 as the Staff Attorney to the newly formed Judicial Automation project and served in that capacity for several years. Ms. Ceraso was appointed as Deputy Prothonotary for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Western District in 1995 but soon returned to the Administrative Office in 2000 to manage the Judicial Automation Department (now Information Technology). Ms. Ceraso has been instrumental in leading the development and implementation of several statewide case management systems for the courts in the Commonwealth, including the PACMS, the appellate court system and the CPCMS, the trial level criminal, dependency and delinquency system. She manages a staff of 270 in four locations.
Tom Clarke – VP for Research & Technology, National Center for State Courts
Tom Clarke has served for the last ten years as the Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts. Before that, Tom worked for ten years with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts first as the research manager and then as the CIO. As a national court consultant, Tom speaks frequently on topics relating to court effective practices, the redesign of court systems, and the use of technology to solve business problems. Tom is currently working on litigant portals, triage best practices for self-represented litigants, and the cloud provision of remote interpretation. He actively consults on the successful use of technology and best practices surrounding court technology. In addition, Tom is active on the national level with the development of technical standards for justice information sharing. He co-chaired the OASIS court electronic filing open standard, co-chaired the NIEM Technical Advisory Committee, and chaired the Global Standards Council.
Luis Diaz – Director of Intellectual Property, Gibbons
Mr. Diaz has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of complex matters, including intellectual property law, technology-related joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and government relations. He focuses his practice on advice and transactions relating to technology, e-commerce, privacy and data security, and cloud computing. Mr. Diaz represents foreign corporations from Spain, Central America, and South America in the United States. Prior to joining Gibbons, he founded the intellectual property group at IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) and served as Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel with the company.
Danielle Fox – Coordinator, Research and Performance, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD
Danielle Fox has the position of Coordinator, Research and Performance at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, which is located in Maryland. She assists in the implementation of court-wide initiatives and is responsible for informing the research agenda for the court. Dr. Fox performs a variety of analyses related to workload and caseload trends, annual budget submissions and scheduling/case management practices. She also informs the development of applications to support data usage among court personnel. Dr. Fox received her doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Judge Glenn Grant – J.A.D. Acting Administrative Director of New Jersey Courts
Honorable Glenn A. Grant is the Acting Administrative Director of the New Jersey Courts and a Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court on special assignment to the State Administrative Office. Judge Grant also chairs the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Access and Fairness, and the Advisory Committee on Information Technology. Previously, Judge Grant served as a Superior Court judge in Essex County, chair of the Conference of Presiding Judges – Family Division, and chair of the Conference’s Children in Court Committee.
Paul Halvorson – Portfolio Management Coordinator at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Paul Halvorson is the Portfolio Management Coordinator at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, where he works with staff to better understand the case management challenges of the federal courts and develop IT solutions to meet them. Paul has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of court technology development from programming, project management and coordinating data exchanges with other branches of the federal government to supporting improved judicial business processes. Paul has served on several national technology organizations and is passionate about learning innovative technologies and ways people can develop applications collaboratively. He also has two daughters in college who provide him
insights into how young people think and the amazing potential they have to improve the world we all live in.
Judge Libby Hines – 15th Judicial District Court bench in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines was elected to the 15th Judicial District Court bench in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1992. She presides over primarily criminal cases, including a specialized domestic violence docket. Judge Hines helped create and launch "Street Outreach Court," a community project of the Washtenaw County criminal justice system, and advocates for the homeless. Judge Hines was appointed to serve on the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice and the Governor's Task Force on Batterer Intervention Standards. She was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure to review rules of criminal procedure used by all Michigan courts. She currently serves on the State Planning Body, addressing legal services in Michigan, was a member of the Access to Justice Committee of the Michigan State Bar's Judicial Crossroads Task Force, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the SOS (Solutions on Self-Help) Task Force, looking for ways to better accommodate self-represented litigants.
Sue Humphreys – Director of Industry Relations, Equivant
Sue has spent the past 30 years working alongside justice agencies as they investigate and implement technologies to help manage their operations. Her experience ranges from court consultant to managing large scale implementations to running product focused design teams. Through it all, Sue remains fascinated by the intricacies of court process and excited to discover new ways of streamlining complex practices and customer challenges through technology. Sue is a self-proclaimed ‘UX advocate’ and believes that designing systems with relentless empathy and insight into user needs and behaviors is what differentiates great software and processes. She is an active member of NACM, NADCP, NCJA, PJI, CACC, and the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee and has participated on numerous technology-focused initiatives and work groups over the years.
Miles Winder III – Past President, New Jersey State Bar Association
Miles Winder III has held many leadership positions with the New Jersey State Bar Association, has served on the bench in the Municipal Court of Bernardsville, New Jersey, and tirelessly promotes the improvement of the justice system as a lecturer, author, delegate to the American Bar Association, and practicing estates, ethics, and commercial transactions attorney.
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