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Track 1: The Judicial Workbench Roadmap: You Are Here

Tuesday, September 22, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Auditorium 1

Presenters: Snorri Ogata, Hon. O. John Kuenhold

Track: Tools for the 21st-Century Judge

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Whether you are starting from scratch or incrementally improving your existing Judicial Workbench, every court has an opportunity to continuously improve. This session will start with the fundamental examination of "what judges need" and explore how those needs can be addressed given the current realities of the court’s technology environment. A "roadmap" will be introduced, which will also serve as a foundation for other sessions in this track, to identify ways to continuously and incrementally improve your tools as the court "matures" (technology, policy, culture) over time. The session will also explore build-versus-buy options, court policy considerations, and insights from the panelists' previous experience in deploying tools in Colorado and in Orange and Los Angeles counties (California).

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About the Presenters

Snorri Ogata

Snorri Ogata is the chief information officer (CIO) for the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he is responsible for overall information technology efforts in support of 530 judicial officers, 4,500 employees, and 40 locations. He joined the court as CIO in January 2014. Most recently, Mr. Ogata was the CIO for the Orange County (California) Superior Court and has over 30 years of IT experience in a variety of industries.  He is an active member of the Court Information Technology Officer Consortium (CITOC) and is the current chair of California Court CIO group.

Hon. O. John Kuenhold

Judge Kuenhold was appointed to the District Court in 1981 and was Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District and the Water Judge for Water Division 3 (Rio Grande Basin) from 2004 to his retirement in 2011. Judge Kuenhold sat in all six counties that comprise the 12th Judicial District, hearing appeals from county court and cases arising under criminal, civil, juvenile, domestic relations, water and mental health law. Judge Kuenhold received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1969, the same year he was admitted to the Colorado Bar. He received a Reginald Heber Fellowship in Poverty Law and worked for Colorado Rural Legal Services for five years before entering private practice.

Judge Kuenhold is currently engaged in private mediation and arbitration of water cases and complex civil litigation. Judge Kuenhold also consults in the areas of court technology and administration, criminal justice and community corrections. He is a member of the national COSCA-NACM Joint Technology Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor on water law, ethics and court technology. Judge Kuenhold was a nominee to the Supreme Court of Colorado in 1995. He was recognized by the Colorado Judiciary as the Outstanding Judicial Officer in 2006 and received a Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Judicial Institute in 2011.