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Track 4: Courts Are from Mars; Social Media Are from Venus: The Judiciary's Culture Clash

Tuesday, September 22, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: 101 D/E

Presenters: Norman Meyer, Nora Sydow

Track: The Judiciary in a Virtual, Mobile, Social World

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In this "Point/Counterpoint" between a “Judge” and a “Technology Guru,” the fundamental arguments against the judiciary’s engagement in social media and mobile tools will be asserted, and the most persuasive responses will be presented.  This session is designed to help you separate myth from reality in a tongue-in-cheek way, although the stakes are serious. 


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About the Presenters

Norman Meyer

Norman H. Meyer, Jr., has been the clerk of the court of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico since 2001.  Previously, he was clerk of the court for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for five years, and until 1996 he was the chief deputy clerk of the U.S. District Court in Arizona for seven years.  Before his federal court experience, he was a trial court administrator in Oregon and Wisconsin for ten years, participating in innovative programs concerning juries, technology, caseflow, public education, and human resources.  He has served on numerous national federal court projects and committees in such areas as education, human resources, and information technology.  Mr. Meyer has written and spoken widely on many areas of judicial administration in the United States and abroad.  He is currently vice president, North America, of the International Association for Court Administration and is a past president of NACM, receiving that organization’s 2013 Award of Merit. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.  He has experience working with many foreign judiciaries, especially in the Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Albania.  He received his master’s degree in judicial administration (M.S.J.A.) from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1979, receiving that college’s Outstanding Achievement in International Court Administration Award in 2013, and his undergraduate degree in political science and Russian studies from the University of New Mexico in 1977. 

Nora Sydow

Nora Sydow is a senior court management consultant at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). She provides training and technical assistance to courts around the country in such areas as family court improvement, performance measurement, and social media. She has presented to state and national audiences, authored several peer-reviewed articles, and designed curriculum on those topics, as well. Ms. Sydow also served as the founding editor of Connected, a newsletter dedicated to the impact of social media on the courts. Before joining NCSC, Ms. Sydow worked as a college instructor in a criminal justice program and has also served as a court-appointed special advocate. Ms. Sydow received her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law and dual B.S. degrees from Old Dominion University in political science and criminal justice. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.