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Author: National Center for State Courts

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Court Talk is a podcast from the National Center for State Courts, which focuses on the intersection between courts and current events.Tune in each month as we bring you a new episode on the latest happenings in courts.
46 Episodes
Charles Byers, the chief information officer for the Kentucky Court of Justice, said you should assume you’ll become the victim of a cyberattack. He should know. It happened twice to Kentucky. The first time Kentucky didn’t have an incident response plan. The second time it did. And that made a big difference. He urges all court leaders to have a plan to restore service after they become the victim of an attack.
By one account, 100 million Americans have unmet legal needs, and not all of them are what you might consider poor. NCSC and many partners, including private foundations and teams from 11 states, have begun an effort called Justice for All to try to figure out exactly what those needs are and how to provide for them. “The scale is daunting,” said project director Danielle Hirsch, our guest on Court Talk.
NCSC is wrapping up a four-year project – the first large-scale look at misdemeanor and felony case management since 1987. This massive effort, called the Effective Criminal Case Management Project, is much larger than that one. A team of researchers combed through data from 135 courts in 21 states. Listen to Principal Court Research Consultant Brian Ostrom tell you what he learned. 
Anna Salvatore is a high school student from New Jersey who loves the New York Yankees and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her interest in the Supreme Court, which started during a boring study hall, led her to start a blog called High School SCOTUS that has become so popular that Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch’s clerk saw it and invited her to tour the Supreme Court building. 
Epi. 404: Justice on Trial

Epi. 404: Justice on Trial


Criminal defense attorney Jerry Buting, made famous from Netflix’s documentary mega hit Making a Murderer, talks about life after the Steven Avery trial, how true-crime documentaries help “lift the lid off the black boxes” in the courts, and the importance of judicial education when it comes to the validity of forensic science. 
Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals chairs the Community Engagement in State Courts Initiative, aims to advance understanding of how to use public engagement to build trust in courts. “We must have both the perception and the reality of justice … without trust there is no real justice.” 
Judge John J. Russo is the presiding judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, in Cleveland.  During his five years as the presiding judge, he has developed a passion for employee engagement, and he believes court leaders should have an open-door policy that invites input from all employees, not just from judges and court administrators. Listen to Judge Russo talk about how he has changed the court’s culture and runs his court like it’s a Fortune 500 company.
Judges may have one of the hardest jobs in the world. D.C. Superior Court Judge Greg Mize joins host Jesse Rutledge to discuss Tough Cases, a book featuring 13 judges who share their stories about the most difficult cases they tried. Judge Mize also reveals his own experience with a young girl, a victim of child abuse, and her relationship with her mentally unstable mother.
These days, many judges – from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on down – have felt the need to publicly defend the judiciary from attacks that judges make decisions based on political or personal biases.  Judicial independence is a hot-button issue, and in this time of hyper partisanship, it seems that almost everyone has an opinion about it. Thankfully, William & Mary law professor Neal Devins, appeared on Court Talk to help shed light on this topic. 
When we talk about constitutional law in America, why do we only think about the U.S. Supreme Court? U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Sutton outlines the underappreciation of the state courts in the development of American constitutional law and discusses his new book, 51 Imperfect Solutions.  
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