National and Local Leaders Attend Symposium on Excellence in Judicial Administration Held at Adams Courthouse
More than 300 people attended the symposium, “Striving for Excellence in Judicial Administration,” sponsored by the Court Management Advisory Board on February 27th at the John Adams Courthouse to mark the occasion of the five-year anniversary of the issuance of the Report of the Visiting Committee on Management in the Courts. Invitees included judges, attorneys, clerk magistrates, and court staff, as well as legislative, executive branch and business community leaders.
Michael B. Keating, chair of the Court Management Advisory Board and a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag, joined Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall in welcoming guests and providing an overview of the significant reform efforts undertaken over the last five years in the Massachusetts courts.
Keynote speaker California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George described reform efforts introduced to that state’s complex, 20,000-employee court system. Local business leaders Charles D. Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Paul F. Levy, Chief Executive Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, highlighted their experiences transforming organizations. They served on a panel with Court Management Advisory Board members Gene D. Dahmen, a partner at the law firm of Verrill Dana, and Robert P. Gittens, Vice President for Public Affairs at Northeastern University, Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan, and panel moderator Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy.
J. Donald Monan, S.J., chair of the Visiting Committee, joined Mr. Keating in presenting the first annual Monan Award for Leadership in Judicial Administration to Appeals Court Justice James F. McHugh for his efforts to revitalize implementation of the MassCourts case management system.
Chief Justice Marshall presented a special award for Excellence in Judicial Administration to the 19-member Court Metrics Working Group for their groundbreaking implementation of four CourTool performance measures focused on timeliness and expedition.
The program included a short video with perspectives on management reform from judges and staff across the Trial Court. The video includes excerpts of employee interviews and presents segments on Staffing & Resources, MassCourts, Time Standards, Metrics, and Change.